Ounce Institute Professional Learning Opportunities

Due to COVID-19, the Ounce Institute has converted or created the learning opportunities to be offered in a virtual format and will offer these opportunities listed on the schedule. The learning opportunities are available through the end of May. Please check the Ounce Institute website for additions and updates or contact your Ounce Technical Assistance […]

Supporting Families During a Global Health Crisis

by Constance Gully With the emergence of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Parents as Teachers National Center (PATNC), we have been working to ensure that we are proactive in preventing the spread of the virus among our employees and the families we serve. At Parents as Teachers, we view ourselves as one big family, comprised […]

Digital Doulas – home visiting in the age of COVID-19

Despite the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, pregnant women continue to receive support from Ounce doulas, or childbirth coaches. Read more about how the Ounce’s Healthy Parents & Babies doula, Patricia Ceja-Muhsen, continues to provide support and guidance to pregnant mothers through virtual means. Read the full story here.

Capturing Quality Services: Virtual Visits – PAT Webinar

Documentation in Penelope and Reporting Tuesday, May 12, 202011:00am – 12:30pm CDT With exercise, we all can learn and adjust to something new. Virtual Visits have become a part of our daily lives. Let’s review the in’s and out’s of Virtual Visit documentation for both personal visits, group events, and the reports capturing the data to […]

Parent Educator honored – Women of Distinction Academy

Kendra Stiff is a parent educator at the Alton Parents as Teachers affiliate, where she lives out her passion of helping others. She is one of 12 women being honored at the YWCA Women of Distinction 30th annual ceremony this fall. The ceremony celebrates dynamic women leaders who are making a difference and embody the […]

Parents as Teachers Annual Conference 2020

The Parents as Teachers 2020 International Conference will offer preconference and conference workshops to inspire, train and add to your professional development. General sessions and keynote speakers will provide you with insight from experts. The Parents as Teachers 2020 International Conference will help you cultivate lasting peer-to-peer relationships and contacts while at the same time […]

Rapid Response – Virtual Home Visiting

During this unprecedented, COVID-19 public health crisis, leaders in the national home visiting field have formed a rapid response collaborative to create and support the dissemination of free resources on virtual family interactions for home visitors. Rapid Resonse Virtual Home Visiting Information

COVID-19 Resources

We’re focused on making sure young children, their families and our affiliates feel safe and secure during this unprecedented global pandemic. We’ve compiled a list of resources that we hope you will find useful to provide guidance and support for families and caregivers. The Parents as Teachers Illinois team have gathered a variety of COVID-19 […]

Engaged: Building Intentional Partnerships With Families

Wherever you are in your family engagement journey, the values, research, testimonials, and perspectives collected here can provide invaluable guidance and inspiration as you continue to dig deep into engaging every family. You’ll find examples of successes and challenges from families and educators, as well as reflection questions to support your own journey in evaluating […]

Ounce Program Offers Support to Incarcerated Mothers

The Ounce is leading the way to highlight the pervasive problem of providing high-quality prenatal care for pregnant women in Cook County Jail. Mark Valentine, director of the Illinois Birth to Three Institute, spoke with The Atlantic about the efforts the Ounce and other nonprofits have taken to highlight this issue. Read the full story here.