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Parent Education Program

Overview

Putnam City's Parent Education Program is a free program for families with young children. It’s based on the belief that parents are their child’s first and most influential teacher. Putnam City Schools participates in this program to help parents in the district give their child the best start in life.

The Parent Education Program is designed to provide parents an opportunity to enhance their child’s language abilities, intelligence, social and emotional abilities and physical abilities. Our trained and certified parent educators take the most current, reliable research in the areas of child development and neuroscience and turn it into when, what, how and why advice for parents. Parents are offered practical ways to encourage learning, manage challenging behavior and promote strong parent-child relationships.

The Parent Education Program includes home visits, child development screening and a resource center stocked with toys, children’s books and parenting books you may check out. The program is voluntary and free for all families living in the Putnam City Schools district who have children under age 3. Prenatal visits are also available.

For more information, call (405) 491-7626 or e-mail ksuchy@putnamcityschools.org

Home Visits

Parent Education Program parent educators help families understand and have appropriate expectations for each stage of their child’s development. These monthly visits are usually held in the home. Educators use these visits to bring the latest neuroscience research findings to parents in the form of practical ideas on ways to encourage learning.

What Parents Say

"I am so very pleased with this program. I am learning so much, even though this is my second child. ALL my questions are answered and my baby is benefiting from all I am learning. That’s a true reward."

Toy and Book Resource Center

The Parent Education Program program offers many resources parents may use with their children at home. Available for checkout are more than 300 toys, 400 children’s books and a myriad of music cassettes and CDs. Parents may also check out any of more than 300 books on parenting.

The resource center is open during regular school hours.

Research

Children learn more and at a faster pace during their first few years than at any other time in life. Through home visits, parents acquire knowledge and skills to make the most of the crucial early learning years.

Children whose parents participate in Early Birds and the Parent Education program enter kindergarten with the skills to be successful in literacy and math. Through Smart Start in the Schools and our group meetings, children learn the social skills that foster qualities that allow them to practice group activities and taking turns.