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“The Parents as Teachers program: its impact on school readiness and later school achievement A Research Summary” based on a report by Pfannenstiel, J. and Zigler, E. (April, 2007)*

Results of a 2006 study of 7,710 Missouri children who participated in Parents as Teachers and other early childhood experiences clearly shows that Parents as Teachers not only predicts children’s school readiness, but that it also predicts third grade achievement regardless of income level. –Adapted from “The Parents as Teachers program: its impact on school readiness and later school achievement”.

Results:

  • 88% of children in high poverty schools who participated in at least two years of Parents as Teachers and one year of preschool scored above the lowest levels of the third grade MAP communications arts test.
  • 84% of children in high poverty schools who participated in some Parents as Teachers and preschool scored above the lowest levels of the third grade MAP communications arts test.
  • 79% of children in high poverty schools who attended preschool only and
  • 85% of children in high poverty schools who participated in Parents as Teachers only (no preschool) scored above the lowest levels of the third grade MAP communications arts test.
  • 77% of children in high poverty schools who had neither PAT nor preschool scored above the lowest levels of the third grade MAP communications arts test.

*The full research article can be found at: Zigler, E., Pfannenstiel, J.C., & Seitz, V. (2008). The Parents as Teachers program and school success: A replication and extension. Journal of Primary Prevention, 29, 103-120.