Union R-XI Early Childhood officials are trying to reach out to young parents within the district.
Early Childhood and Parents as Teachers Coordinator Meg Vogel said quality parent and early childhood education has been a priority of the district for over 25 years. The district provides services of periodic development screening for all children birth to kindergarten entry.
The general goals of these programs and services are to provide appropriate and useful information and guidance to parents as their child’s primary and most important teachers.
“My dream is to reach all families and see them at least once a year before they start kindergarten in the Union R-XI School District beginning when they are infants,” Vogel said.
She said the district reaches younger children through the Parents as Teachers program.
The focus of the Early Childhood department, including the PAT program, is “Active Play, Active Minds, Active Learning,” Vogel added.
She said the program helps inform parents of possible delays in their child’s development — as well as normal progression — and to prepare children for success in school and in life.
PAT provides parents with confidence and involvement in the educational development of their child and early establishment of positive partnerships between home and school.
These programs allow for increased readiness for kindergarten socially and academically, Vogel said.
The Early Childhood Center provides support and resources for families who have an infant, toddler or preschooler who has a developmental delay. Parents can call one phone number to find information or help for infants through age 5 by calling 636-583-1202.
If they misplace the phone number, parents also may call the school where their child will attend in Kindergarten and they will transfer the call to the Early Childhood office.
People may now join Parents as Teachers for next school year, The services are free of charge and there is one fund-raiser per year to help with expenses not covered through state funding.
An Early Childhood/Parents as Teachers community event will be held April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Central Elementary. There will be food available from 10:30 a.m. to noon, free books, vendors and crafters, silent auction for various items with auction ending at 1 p.m.
All donations benefit children in the Union R-XI School District by providing play groups weekly during the school year and technology available for parent meetings and group events.