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Kansas Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers is designed to provide children the best possible start in life. Using research based curriculum, parents are provided with the skills and knowledge they need to help them make the best decisions regarding their children’s education. The program includes personal visits, group connections, health, vision, hearing and developmental screenings, and supports family connections with other community services.

Kansas PAT is dedicated to providing high quality service delivery that meets national and state standards and is a nationally recognized evidence-based program. Research shows that parent education can be an important component in supporting and developing healthy relationships between children and their parents, setting the stage for strong families and children ready for success.

Kansas PAT is a valued partner with other home visiting and early childhood programs working together to promote access to high quality services for children and families in their communities.

Parents as Teachers Affiliation Letter (PDF)
Parents as Teachers Assurances (PDF)

The program is available to any parent, including fathers, relatives as caregivers, and foster and adoptive parents, who has a child under the age of three and lives within a participating school district. The school districts currently participating in the Parents As Teachers program are shaded blue in the map below. The Directory of Parents As Teachers programs provides contact information. Additional information about the Parents as Teachers program is available on the PAT National website: http://www.parentsasteachers.org/

If you have any trouble, feel free to contact KSDE Parents as Teachers staff for assistance.

Parents as Teachers Pricing Sheet_2018 (external PDF)

Foundations for School Success

Foundations for School Success is a web-based application used to collect data on Parents as Teachers children, families and educators. This application reflects the initial phase for data collection intended to connect early learning with the K-12 and beyond Longitudinal Data System in Kansas. Foundations for School Success aligns with the Kansas School Readiness Framework that defines School Readiness as occurring within the broad context of community, educational environment, family, and the individual child. These four components function as interdependent systems of support that have multi-directional influences. An effective foundation for school readiness involves policy, funding and systems for children that support their ability to thrive and their success in learning environments throughout their lifespan.

User Key Documents

Foundations for School Success Step by Step Guide (PDF)
2013-2014 Foundations for School Success User's Guide (PDF)
KIDS and Foundations for School Success (PDF)

Foundations for School Success Materials

KELI-4 Observation Form (PDF)
Hearing Screen (PDF)
Vision Screen (PDF)
ASQ-3 Screening Summary (PDF)
ASQ:SE Screening Summary (PDF)
Transition Survey (PDF)
Classroom Practices Survey (PDF)
Child Survey (PDF)
Family Survey (PDF)
Educator Survey (PDF)
Protective Factors Survey English / Spanish (PDF)

Training Resources

To provide you with ongoing access to training for data entry in the Foundations for School Success web application, KSDE has created an online SANDBOX training website with lessons about how to use Foundations for School Success. At this time, this software only works on a PC that has the most recent version of Java enabled and it will not work on Macs or IPads unless the Mac operates Windows and has the most recent version of Java enabled. If you have difficulty accessing the training on the website, first check with your district IT to determine if the correct software is loaded and enabled on your computer. If you or your IT staff have questions about software or need help with the training portal, please call the KSDE IT HelpDesk at 785-296-7935, M-F 8AM-5PM.

Use the FSS Training Portal Instructions document to learn how to use the SANDBOX training. The FSS TRAINING SANDBOX is accessed on the KSDE website http://training.ksde.org/Vimago/foundations/trainingportal/web/index.htm

FSS Training Portal Instructions (PDF)
2013-14 Data Quality Certification Early Childhood Seminar PowerPoint (PDF)
August 2012 Foundations for School Success Training (PowerPoint)

Additional Information

 Early Childhood Home Page
    (General information, Webinars)

Early Childhood Team Director
Amanda Petersen

Early Childhood / Kansas Parents as Teachers Consultant
Nis Wilbur

Early Childhood Special Education Consultant
Natalie McClane

Kindergarten Readiness Coordinator
Julie Ewing

Kansas Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services
(SICC – State Interagency Coordinating Council)

Jordan Christian

Problems with this webpage
Beccy Strohm
(785) 296-6602

Early Childhood Fact Sheets

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