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News from the Parents as Teachers 2016 Conference
Parents as Teachers
ST. LOUIS – August 1, 2016 – Parents as Teachers, an internationally recognized leader in the early childhood home visiting field, announced today that the Board of Directors has named Constance Gully as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 6 th. Ms. Gully, who currently serves as Parents as Teachers National Center’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will replace current President and CEO Scott Hippert, who resigned to take on a new role in California as the CEO of LAUP (Los Angeles Universal Preschool).
As unanimous choice by the Parents as Teachers National Center Board of Directors, Ms. Gully will oversee the ongoing work to support the extended network of Parents as Teachers affiliates nationwide.
“The leadership and experience that Constance brings to this interim role, along with the organization’s leadership team and staff, will ensure the continuity of the critically important work of Parents as Teachers,” said Thomas Melzer, Chair, Parents as Teachers Board of Directors. A national search for a new CEO will be initiated by an executive recruiting firm with a targeted completion date by the end of the year.
Prior to joining Parents as Teachers National Center, Ms. Gully held several leadership roles during her 16-year tenure at Harris-Stowe State University, most recently serving as its interim president and executive vice president for business and financial affairs. She has a master’s in business administration and is a certified public accountant.
About Parents as Teachers: Founded in Missouri in 1984, Parents as Teachers serves more than 212,000 children in all 50 U.S. states, more than 100 Tribal organizations, schools and communities, and five other countries. Its internationally recognized network uses an evidence-based model to deliver parent education primarily through personal visits and group meetings, equipping parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children, from birth through kindergarten, for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. Parents as Teachers programs operate in various settings, including schools, hospitals, faith-based organizations and housing communities. For more information, visit www.ParentsAsTeachers.org.
Parents as Teachers Proudly Supports a YES Vote on Amendment 3
Amendment 3, sponsored by RaiseYourHandForKids.org, will appear on the Missouri ballot on November 8. When fully implemented, the measure would provide $300 million annually in new, dedicated funding for investments in early childhood health and education, as well as smoking-cessation programs for pregnant mothers and youth. The funding comes through an incremental increase in Missouri’s cigarette tax of 60 cents. Missouri’s cigarette tax is currently the lowest in the nation, at 17 cents per pack. Click here to read the full press release.
BLOCK Fest Comes to Oklahoma
A unique event for families and young children was recently held in Oklahoma for the first time ever! Oklahoma Strong Families (OSF) sponsored the first ever BLOCK Fest event on Saturday, August 27th. The families that participated were a diverse group of mothers, fathers, grandmothers and aunts from the Oklahoma City metro area, including the suburbs of Moore and Edmond. A total of 85 children participated, ranging in age from 12 to just 39 days old. Click here to read the full article.
A letter from Scott Hippert
Hundreds of students in St. Louis County recently got a kick start for the school year with wellness exams, immunizations and even free haircuts. Click here to see KSDK-TV’s feature story.
Recently, representatives from the national office visited Akron to honor the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority as the 2015 winner of the Losos Prize for Innovation. A local media outlet, The Akronist, produced a wonderful video that highlights our visit. Check out the dedicated people who are involved with this wonderful program!
‘Williams knows the importance of his role. His own father has been married to his mother for 28 years and always maintained a strong relationship with him. He speaks passionately about his hopes for his son.“My dream for him is to be the best little man he can be,” Williams said. “I want him to be better than me. I don’t want him to have a child as young as I did. I want him to go to college, be able to leave St. Louis and travel the world.”’ Click here to read the syndicated story, originally featured in the Post Dispatch!
Parents as Teachers’ “Right from the Start” Teen Moms Featured on Fox2 News for Mother’s Day!
Teen moms graduated from this five-week group series which implemented fresh and fun ideas for learning activities and parent-child interaction at home. Superintendent Tiffany Anderson celebrated with these young mothers as they received their certificates and care packages! Click here to watch !
BLOCK Fest®, an Initiative to Equip Children with STEM Skills through Block Play, Featured at Early Learning STEM Symposium at The White House
“The Twiga Foundation, in partnership with Parents as Teachers, is committed to doubling the reach of BLOCK Fest in the next year through Parents as Teachers affiliates. Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based, home visiting model and parent education and support program that partners with parents to help ensure their children are healthy and ready to succeed in school and life.” Read more here.
Members of Parents as Teachers Family Receive 2016 Child Abuse Prevention Awards
Along with members from the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Action Committee, OSDH selected and honored these individuals and organizations for their efforts, which demonstrated significant and outstanding commitment and dedication to child abuse prevention activities. Two of these five award winners were part of the Parents as Teachers family. Read more here.
Demonstrating Impact with Outcomes
See a story about how Sunnyside Unified School District demonstrates the long-term impact of their Parents as Teachers program. Read the story here.
Parents as Teachers Featured on KETC’s American Graduates
President and CEO Scott Hippert discusses his passion for the Parents as Teachers evidence-based home visiting model resource and strategies to prepare children and families for success. Read more here.