Knox County families with children who are between the ages of prenatal to 36 months of age are eligible to enroll in Great Schools Partnership’s Parents as Teachers program.
Empowering and encouraging parents to be their child’s first and most influential teacher is the foundation of the program with facets that focus on child development and growth.
The progarm, which started in 2000, is an evidence-based program designed to ensure young children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Parents as Teachers is funded through public and private dollars through the Great Schools Partnership, and offered at no cost to Knox County parents.
Enrollment is now open, click here for more information. Or call 865-594-1159. Income guidelines may apply in some areas.
Parents as Teachers’ parent educators meet families where they are comfortable, typically in their homes.
Last school year, parent educators made more than 1,800 home visits, helping more than 200 Knox County families and 250 preschool children.
Currently, Parents as Teachers’ parent educators are serving 177 families but have the capacity to help up to 220 families, so we can help more Knox County families.
During visits, parent educators access the family’s needs and partner with them to set family goals to support the child’s emotional, behavioral, physical and academic development. The parent educator customizes the Parents as Teachers curriculum to meet the needs of each child in the program and comes prepared with activity suggestions to help boost reading and Kindergarten readiness skills.
The parent educators also provide regular screenings to assess each child’s health and development and assists in locating appropriate community resources and enrichment activities that may be needed. Parents are invited to attend regular learning sessions and group activities with other preschoolers and their parents.