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Parents As Teachers (PAT) is a FREE early childhood family education program to assist and support families in preparing their children for success in school and beyond.

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher!

Your child learns more during the early years than at any other time in life.  How your child grows and learns during these years – beginning at birth – will impact later development and success in school.

When enrolled in BSSD Parents As Teachers, families with children birth to kindergarten will receive FREE:

  • Home visits with a certified parent educator

  • Yearly developmental and health screenings

  • Parent-Child Activities

  • Group Connections


Free annual screening

Children 4 months to 35 months are screened at Liggett Trail Education Center or virtually by their parent educator. Developmental screenings will be offered to 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds on various dates in the fall and spring.

Group Connections

Each month we offer a parent/child activity for children birth to prekindergarten or a speaker on a topic of interest.

  • Invitations/Sign-ups via email and website

Parent Connect Newsletter

Access to our online newsletter published three times a year.

More Screening Information

Do you have a 3-5 year old (pre-kindergarten) child? Do you reside in the Blue Springs School District?  

Referral Screenings

Referral screenings are for children ages 3-5 whose parents have developmental concerns.  These screenings are held throughout the school year.  

Developmental Screenings

Developmental screenings are for children ages 3 and 4 for parents to receive an overview of their child's development. These screenings  are held in October and March. 

Appointments are required for all screenings, call 816-874-3490 and ask to speak with a Parent Educator.


General Questions

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Parent Educators

Claire Stewart

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Gina Linhardt

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Hannah Walsh

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Donte' Watkins

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