National Center for Parents as Teachers Rallies for Support at Annual Day at the Capitol

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On Feb. 25, Missouri legislators will learn about benefits of investing in children and families.

Parents as Teachers advocates from across the state will gather in Jefferson City on Wednesday, Feb. 25, for the annual Missouri Parents as Teachers Day at the Capitol. Sponsored by the National Center for Parents as Teachers and the Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation, the event creates an opportunity for advocates to discuss with state legislators the importance of investing in Missouri's children. The day will include a series of events that will include one-on-one legislative meetings, a Parents as Teachers rally and an advocacy workshop for participants.

Parents as Teachers has proven itself as a results-oriented, money-saving approach to early childhood and parent education. On Feb. 25, advocates will carry the message to Missouri senators, representatives and other decision-makers that investing in children is one of the most important and effective ways to ensure a strong future for the state. Now recognized as America's largest evidence-based and research-supported parent education program, Parents as Teachers realizes a more than $7 return per dollar invested by catching developmental delays, making sure that kids are ready for school, and guarding against child abuse and neglect.

"As our elected officials seek ways to invest wisely and strengthen Missouri, we have an opportunity to help them achieve long-term results," says Susan S. Stepleton, president and CEO of the National Center for Parents as Teachers. "Parents as Teachers is one of the few initiatives that produces such a high return on investment, both in the short and long term."

For more than 25 years, the National Center for Parents as Teachers has helped Missouri parents embrace their role as their child's first and best teacher. The National Center supports Parents as Teachers programs through training, research and program support. Over the past 25 years, Parents as Teachers has grown to include home visits, group meetings with other families, developmental and health screenings, and connections to community resources.

About the National Center for Parents as Teachers
Based in St. Louis, the National Center for Parents as Teachers 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 oversees approximately 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.

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