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Parents as Teachers/ Great Beginnings Story

03/07/2013 12:00:00

Story taken from Lee's Summit R-7 Newsletter

The Story Project features personal stories about our students and their accomplishments in school. If you would like to submit a story about your child, visit www.lsr7.org/static/projects/story/. A story from Great Beginnings Early Education Center and Parents As Teachers follows.

When our daughter was born our Parents As Teachers parent educator, Kari Wilcox, was the amazing support we never knew we needed. When our son came along four years later we had a totally different parenting experience. He was a different eater, different sleeper, etc. We found we still needed Kari. When he was 18 months old, we had a nagging concern with some areas of his development. Kari helped us see what was part of normal development and what might not be. She arranged his evaluation, which was difficult due to the timing of his birthday. It turned out he had a significant delay in the area of understanding (among other things) and qualified for Great Beginnings. Within a few weeks at his new school (many thanks to Beth Stratton, Donna Boucher and Jill Kounkel), he was like a different child. We see huge improvements daily. We’re so happy we didn’t listen to people who said we were overreacting! We have an amazing group of people who care about our son, and we can’t imagine what we would do without them! We’re so thankful for the amazing Parents as Teachers and Great Beginnings programs.
Submitted by Chris and Tammy Wollerman

 

Great Beginnings can do wonderful things for your children that we, as a general child care center, sometimes cannot. They have smaller ratios and provide one-on-one attention with the children that can see tremendous results. If you have any concerns about your child's development or would like to be put in contact with our local Parents as Teachers program, please ask your center's director. Thank you!

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