Oct 15, 2019
Family Guidance Center of Alabama's First Teacher Home Visiting Program has earned a prestigious endorsement by Parents as Teachers National Center as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top performing home visiting affiliates within the international Parents as Teachers network. The official designation was made on October 1, 2018.
Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that First Teacher is a high-quality member of the home visiting field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity. Families in the Montgomery community are positively impacted by the services delivered by this program, which include home visits, group connections, child screening and connections to community resources, equipping parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school.
To earn Blue Ribbon Affiliate status, First Teacher underwent a rigorous self -study and National Center review process to confirm that they are meeting Parents as Teachers’ standards of fidelity and quality. Blue Ribbon Affiliates are exemplary programs, delivering highest quality services to children and families. Implementation with quality and fidelity is vital in home-visiting programs as it determines a program’s effectiveness in accomplishing its original goals and intended outcomes. It also verifies that a program is being implemented as designed. Parents as Teachers rigorous endorsement process demonstrates an affiliate’s accountability and credibility to the community, its funders, elected officials and the partner organizations with which they work.
This Blue Ribbon designation will help First Teacher by demonstrating the ongoing commitment to providing high quality services.
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Robin Roberts (Parents as Teachers Instructor), Madeline Wheeler (FGC First Teacher), Constance Gully (Parents as Teachers President & CEO), and Lyndy Tucker (FGC First Teacher) are pictured at the Blue Ribbon Affiliate Reception in St. Louis on October 14, 2019.
About Parents as Teachers: Parents as Teachers builds strong communities, thriving families and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn by matching parents and caregivers with trained professionals during a child’s earliest years in life, from pregnancy through kindergarten. Parents as Teachers internationally recognized evidence-based home visiting model is backed by 35 years of research-proven outcomes for children and families and currently serves 121,000 families in 50 U.S. states, 115 Tribal organizations, five other countries and one U.S. territory. Parents as Teachers is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Parents as Teachers affiliates operate in various settings, including health departments, hospitals, schools, faith-based and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit parentsasteachers.org or Twitter @NatlPAT.