The president of the national Parents as Teachers organization praised the job that the Topeka Public Schools’ Parents as Teachers group is doing in helping families with very young children. Scott Hippert toured the PAT facility at Pine Ridge this morning. He heard about the many programs offered to parents to help make sure young children are prepared to enter school. “Parents as Teachers in this community is being incredibly innovative in the way they are delivering services. They are being innovative in the funding they are bringing in to support these services. They are having a greater impact than almost anywhere in the country," said Hippert.
The PAT Pine Ridge facility provides personalized home visits, parent group connection meetings, playgroups for parents and children and has a book and toy lending library along with a computer lab for parents. Pine Ridge is a partnership between Topeka Public Schools and a number of local groups, organizations and indivbiduals. Pine Ridge served 390 families during the 2011-2012 school year.