Parent Education & Support

Parent educator with child

Greater parent involvement is crucial in a child’s development of learning skills, including reading and writing. Independent research reveals families who participate in the Parents as Teachers (P.A.T.) program have children entering kindergarten that are more advanced in social development, problem-solving, and language than other kindergartners.

What is Parents as Teachers

We provide support and education, through this voluntary, free program, to foster children’s language, intellectual, social, and motor skill development.  Our program is sponsored by Regional Medical Center, Building Directions for Families, and the Prevent Child Abuse Iowa program. [Family Support Credentials - Iowa] Parents as Teachers is a parent education program designed to give children the best start in life, based on the philosophy that parents are their first and most influential teachers.Regional Medical Center is an affiliate organization, offering these home visiting service models to all families, in Delaware County.

Our program has earned the Iowa Family Support Credential, a distinctive award that is presented to those programs that are validated through an external evaluation. This certification confirms that our parent educators are providing high quality services that result in positive outcomes for young children and their families. RMC’s Parents as Teachers program currently provides family support and parent education services to 85 families in our community.

Mission: To provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

Vision: All children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential.

Our Services

Home VisitsActivities are brought to your home to encourage early literacy and support your role in promoting school readiness and healthy development of your children.

Group MeetingsGroup meetings are held to teach child development and personal wellness. These meetings are free and open to the public.

ScreeningsPeriodic screenings are provided to ensure that your child has no undetected learning or developmental delays as well as hearing and vision screenings to detect any impairments.

Car Seat SafetyProper installation and use of your child’s car seat at checkup events or through individual appointments. Follow these Best Practices for the safest way to travel with your child.

  • #1 - BEST PRACTICE - Have your child in an appropriate rear facing car seat until the maximum weight limit of the safety seat is reached.  This can be up to 30 or 35 pounds depending on the seat.
  • #1 - IOWA LAW - Children must ride in an appropriate rear facing safety seat until 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds

  • #2 - BEST PRACTICE - A child should remain in a 5-point harness system until the maximum weight limit for the seat is reached. This is usually 40 pounds, although some 5-point harness seats are now rated up to 60-65 pounds.

  • #2 - IOWA LAW - Children must ride in a child safety seat or booster seat through the age of 5. Seats must be used in accordance with manufacturer's direction.

  • #3 - BEST PRACTICE - Once a child is at the maximum weight for the 5-point harness seat, they can graduate into a booster seat. A child should ride in a booster seat until their knees bend over the edge of the vehicle seat and their feet touch the floor while sitting all the way back.

  • #3 - IOWA LAW - Children must be in a booster seat or seat belt between the ages of 6 and 11, regardless of their seating position within a vehicle.

  • #4 - BEST PRACTICE - BUCKLE UP FOR LIFE! Regardless of your age, protect yourself and fellow occupants by buckling up  every trip, every time, regardless of your seating position within the vehicle.

  • #4 - IOWA LAW - Rear seat occupants up to age 18 must be secured by a safety belt.

For more information on child passenger safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Parents and Caregivers site.

Resource LibraryBooks, videos, and child development materials can be borrowed from our resource library.

Community ResourcesA network of community resources that, with the help of PAT, parents can use to build comprehensive, collaborative, and community-based partnerships which build on family strengths and support long-term self-sufficiency.

Babysitting ClassClasses are held annually to train those babysitting children. Parents of graduates of our SafeSitter babysitting class are reassured knowing their children are with capable caretakers.

Parent Educators

Our Parents as Teachers educators, Tina Ostrander and Morgan Neuhaus, are well-trained and very professional. They are excited about connecting with you and your children and learning about your family to assist in your child’s overall wellness and development.

[Family Support Credential - Iowa] Our program has earned the Iowa Family Support Credential, a distinctive award that is presented to those programs that are validated through an external evaluation. This certification confirms that our parent educators are providing high quality services that result in positive outcomes for young children and their families.

RMC’s Parents as Teachers program currently provides family support and parent education services to 85 families in our community.

Contact Us

Regional Medical Center

East Office Building

613 W Main St

PO Box 359

Manchester, Iowa 52057

Patient Parking & Entrance: Parking Lot 1, Entrance H

Phone: 563-927-7551

Email: PATParentsasTeachers@regmedctr.org

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