USD 231 Earns National Recognition as Blue Ribbon Affiliate

The USD 231 Gardner Edgerton Parents as Teachers Program earned a prestigious endorsement from the Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc. (PATNC)

On October 1, 2019, the USD 231 PAT program completed the Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process and earned the highest designation: Blue Ribbon Affiliate status. Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that the Gardner Edgerton PAT program is among the highest quality members of the home visitation and parent education field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity and quality.

The program includes home visits, group connections, child screening, and connections to community resources. It equips parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school.

“To achieve this endorsement, our program engaged in a rigorous self-study and review process. This recognition confirms we are meeting Parents as Teachers’ standards of fidelity and quality,” said Program Coordinator Carol Vawter, “Blue Ribbon Affiliates are exemplary programs, delivering the highest quality services to children and families.”

Implementation with quality and fidelity is vital in home-visiting programs as it determines a program’s effectiveness in accomplishing its original goals and intended outcomes. It also verifies that a program is being implemented as designed. Parents as Teachers’ rigorous endorsement process demonstrates an affiliate's accountability and credibility to the community, its funders, elected officials, and the partner organizations with which they work.

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