When considering starting a Parents as Teachers site in your community it is important to reach out to the Texas Parents as Teachers State Office for assistance and the latest training information. Please email email@example.com for more information. Below is a basic guide to starting a Parents as Teachers site and useful links as you begin the process.
1. Review the PAT Model
Parents as Teachers has provided three key documents for communities or organizations to review before starting a program. These include the PAT Logic Model, 2014 Essential Requirements, and Quality Assurance Guidelines. They contain information regarding how PAT is designed and the requirements for being an Affiliate of PAT. Click here to view these documents.
2. Complete the Affiliate Plan
There are two documents provided by the National Parents as Teachers center: the Affiliate Plan and a guide for completing the plan. The plan includes information on how the program is designed to function, how staff are hired, and how the program will be paid for by the organization. Both documents are accessible on the National website or below:
3. Complete the Budget Tool
Affiliates are responsible for planning and executing a budget for the Parents as Teachers program. The budget tool helps potential sites consider the costs associated with starting a program for proposal to Parents as Teachers and potential funders. Click here for the current budget tool.
4. Pay the Affiliate Fee
Parents as Teachers sites pay an annual fee to be affiliated with the Parents as Teachers model and national center. This fee includes technical assistance from the national center and a subscription to Penelope, the database for entering family information. Being an affiliate certifies a program as an evidence-based model and requires sites operate with fidelity to the model. As of 2014, new affiliates pay $3,500 in their first year. Click here for more information on the fees.
5. Get Training
All new affiliates are required to attend the Foundational Training and Model Implementation Training offered by Parents as Teachers before implementation. The five day training program acclimates staff to the curriculum and quality standards for Parents as Teachers. Training costs are listed on the Pricing Structure page of the website linked in the Affiliate Fee section above.
FUNDING: CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES
Texas Education Agency | Prekindergarten Partnership Planning Grant
The Prekindergarten Partnership Planning Grant is a new planning and implementation grant for public school districts and open enrollment charter schools. With the grant funding, districts and charters will be able to develop partnerships with Texas Rising Star 4-Star private providers to expand access and service delivery models for provision of three- and four-year-old prekindergarten. The partnerships established will increase continuity of instruction, kindergarten readiness and successful transition of young children from private to public school settings. For additional information, please see the Request for Application is posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page for viewing and downloading. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the PreK Partnership Planning Grants from the drop-down list. Scroll down to the “Application and Support Information” section to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.
Department of Family & Protective Services | Project HIP
The HIP program provides free, voluntary services to families that build a positive, nurturing home environment and prevent child abuse. The program provides an extensive family assessment, and home visiting programs that include parent education and basic needs support.