Abstract for: Re-Scaling the Parents as Teachers Program in Missouri

The Parents as Teachers program in the State of Missouri has begun a re-scaling effort to serve families through a more holistic approach by ensuring all components of their evidence-based model are implemented by each Parents as Teachers affiliate. Parents as Teachers seeks to help families by training and certifying parent educators who deliver monthly or bi-monthly home visits to families participating in the program. The program is open to families who are expecting a child, and it supports families until the child enters kindergarten. The Parents as Teachers model described in this paper supports the re-scaling efforts by the Parents as Teachers program and offers insights into the complexity of this issue and what the next steps might be for the Parents as Teachers program.