Cooper Early Education Center’s Parents as Teachers program earned a Blue Ribbon Affiliate endorsement, making it one of the top-performing home visiting affiliates within Parents as Teachers National Center Inc.’s (PATNC) international network.

Parents as Teachers has what is called essential requirements that programs report on meeting every year. Every five years, programs go through the Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process. The process assesses Parents as Teachers' standards of fidelity and quality. The Blue Ribbon endorsement is given to programs that meet at least 75 percent of those standards.

Parents as Teachers is a home-visiting program for families that have young children. Any family may use the free service. The goal is to empower parents during those years of development with the knowledge and education related to child development. The program also includes group connections, child screening and connections to community resources.

“The crucial years of development for a child are prenatal to age five,” Cooper Early Education Center Parents as Teachers Coordinator Brittany Denson said. “There’s 95 percent of brain development between those years.”

Parents as Teachers (PAT) builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn. The internationally-recognized, evidence-based home visiting model is backed by 35 years of research-proven outcomes for children and families. PAT currently serves nearly 200,000 families in all 50 U.S. states, 115 Tribal organizations, six other countries and one U.S. territory. Parents as Teachers National Center Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis. Parents as Teachers affiliates operate in various settings, including health departments, hospitals and schools, faith-based and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit parentsasteachers.org.