Parents As Teachers Gets $50,000 Grant From Express Scripts

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Funds will go to training Missouri child care providers working with families of infant/toddlers.

Express Scripts Foundation has awarded Parents as Teachers National Center with a one-time grant of $50,000. The funding will enable the Parents as Teachers National Center to train child care providers working with families of infants and toddlers throughout Missouri, particularly those that are serving low income families and rural families with limited access to quality child care. The grant will focus on 19 counties with high percentage of children living in low income families, including the City of St. Louis, as well as in regions around the state.

"The National Center has a history of collaboration with the child care resource and referral agencies, Educare, Project REACH and local Parents as Teachers programs to expand services to families. This grant from Express Scripts Foundation will allow us to focus on the families with the least access to quality child care," stated Susan Stepleton National Center president and chief operating officer.

The training is designed for provider educators who support child care providers working with infants and toddlers to influence the quality of care. The training and curriculum are important factors in educating care providers on how to meet individual needs within group settings, as well as to bring activities that are developmentally and culturally appropriate in all types of care settings.

About Express Scripts
Express Scripts, Inc. is one of the largest PBM companies in North America, providing PBM services to over 50 million members. Express Scripts serves thousands of client groups, including managed-care organizations, insurance carriers, employers, third-party administrators, public sector and union-sponsored benefit plans. Express Scripts is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. More information can be found at http://www.express-scripts.com.

About Parents as Teachers National Center
Based in St. Louis, Parents as Teachers National Center is the resource base and backbone of Parents as Teachers, a parent education and early childhood development program serving parents throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. The nonprofit National Center certifies more than 3,000 programs offering Parents as Teachers services nationwide as well as in several other countries. For more information about Parents as Teachers, visit http://www.parentsasteachers.org.

For More Information, Contact:
Julie Mainer
(314) 432-4330, ext. 287
E-mail: Julie.Mainer @ ParentsAsTeachers.org
Web site: http://www.ParentsAsTeachers.org

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