Parents as Teachers Awarded Salt Lake ‘Pay for Success’ Project

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Through the Salt Lake County’s Maternal and Child Health Pay for Success project, Parents as Teachers will work to improve family health, well-being and stability and increase school readiness. The county has identified approximately 23,000 low income families with children under the age of five who could benefit.

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We are committed to program service delivery that achieves a measurable improvement for the people we’re helping, while at the same time being good stewards of the public’s tax dollars,

Parents as Teachers, one of the nation’s most respected family support organizations, has been chosen as the lead agency for a new maternal and child health project in Salt Lake County, Utah, supported by an innovative public/private financing structure called Pay for Success. The St. Louis-based non-profit organization was selected through a competitive, nationwide bidding process.

“I’m very pleased that Salt Lake County, Utah has selected Parents as Teachers to lead this initiative to improve the health and early learning of young children and parents in that state’s largest county,” said Scott Hippert, president and CEO, Parents as Teachers. “The Parents as Teachers model already impacts nearly a quarter of a million children in all 50 states with demonstrated positive outcomes, and this program will be built on our more than three decades of experience in working with families in every possible setting.”

Through Salt Lake County’s Maternal and Child Health Pay for Success project, Parents as Teachers will work to improve Salt Lake County family health and well-being, increase school readiness and to stabilize families and enhance their long term self-sufficiency. Salt Lake County Mayor, Ben McAdams, said the county has identified approximately 23,000 low income families with children under the age of five who could benefit.

“We are committed to program service delivery that achieves a measurable improvement for the people we’re helping, while at the same time being good stewards of the public’s tax dollars,” said McAdams, whose community is a leader in this new form of service design and delivery. “Parents as Teachers has agreed to share data and follow evidence-based practices so that we’ll know if the program is working and if specific, beneficial outcomes are achieved.”

Direct home visiting services will be provided by Parents as Teachers’ program partner, Children’s Service Society, the oldest non-denominational nonprofit agency in the state, which focuses on the well-being of children and families.

“Children’s Service Society’s participation with Parents as Teachers National Center and Salt Lake County’s Pay for Success is an innovative project for our Home Visitation program that will help to empower families and benefit communities,” says Encarni Gallardo, Children’s Service Society’s Executive Director.

Tami Hansen, Home Visitation Coordinator adds, ”This is a wonderful opportunity to focus on the measurable progress our services provide in helping parents understand the vital role they have in raising their children.”

About Parents as Teachers: Founded in Missouri in 1984, Parents as Teachers’ programs and affiliates serve more than 240,000 children in all 50 U.S. states, more than 100 Tribal organizations, schools and communities, and six other countries. Its internationally recognized network of affiliates uses an evidence-based model to deliver parent education primarily through personal visits and group meetings, equipping parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children, from birth through kindergarten, for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. Parents as Teachers programs operate in various settings, including schools, hospitals, faith-based organizations and housing communities. For more information, visit http://www.ParentsAsTeachers.org

About Children’s Service Society of Utah: Organized in 1884, Children’s Service Society of Utah is the oldest non-denominational nonprofit agency in the state that focuses on the well-being of children and families. Services evolved throughout the years to meet society’s changing needs, but the agency’s efforts and effectiveness have remained constant. Today, Children’s Service Society of Utah empowers families and caregivers through services that support the safety and well-being of children. Services include: Adoption, Care About Childcare, Grandfamilies Kinship Care, and Home Visitation. For more information, visit http://www.cssutah.org.

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