Parents as Teachers

  • 2020 Enrollment Information


    We are excited to welcome your family into Parents as Teachers for the 2020-21 school year!! If you are new to Parents as Teachers we are glad to have you here and if you are a returning family, we are happy to have you join us for another year!

    This year is going to look a little different than years past as we welcome everyone into the program virtually but, no matter how or where we are meeting our parent educators are striving to provide the same high-quality connections and support we always have!

    To ensure that the health and wellness of families and parent educators remain a top priority, the North Kansas City School District will adhere to all national, state, and local public health guidelines. NKC Schools will continue to work with the health department, Missouri Department of Education, and Parents as Teachers National Center and will promptly notify families of any changes if and when they occur.

    As changes are made to the way we offer visits and group connections families will be notified via email and phone. Please keep your phone number and email up to date with your parent educator.

    To create a seamless enrollment process we ask all families enroll by either registering online or calling us. Please do not call or text your parent educator to re-enroll.

     Select the form below that best fits your family:

    Please complete thisExit Form if you wish to no longer participate in Parents as Teachers.  

    We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible to reserve your space. We aim to serve as many families as possible: however, due to funding guidelines, some spaces are limited.

    Families that are not immediately matched with a parent educator will be placed on a waitlist. You will be notified via email if you are on the waitlist. Families on the waitlist may receive a developmental screening for each child 3 months old - prekindergarten and are invited to attend all group connections while waiting to be matched with a parent educator.

    What Will This Year Look Like?

    Parent educators starting the year off by meeting with families virtually through video and phone conferencing. These virtual home visits will offer the same high-quality supports and discussions about parenting and child development you have come to expect from Parents as Teachers. Our hope is that as the year progresses and under the guidance of the agencies listed above, we will be able to offer additional ways to creatively carry out "home visits" until we are safely able to meet in homes again.

    Parent educators working with you to create fun, educational activities for you and your child to do during the visit using items already in your home. Parent educators may drop off care packages before the visit with supplies for the activity as well, as needed.

    Group Connections meeting virtually for the time being. We will be offering more parent education nights than we have in the past, but are working to create some interactive parent-child activities as well.

    Developmental screenings will be completed during virtual visits.

    A wealth of resources!! We know families have a greater variety of needs right now. Our parent educators are prepared to connect you with supports that will help you meet your family's needs from food and financial assistance to creative ways to give your child new play opportunities at home.


    Success By Six Toy and Book Resource Library

    Details for how the SB6 Center can serve families during this time are pending. An update will be provided as soon as a plan is finalized. 


    What is Parents As Teachers?

    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 influence later development and success in school. Parents as Teachers (PAT) gives parents knowledge in language development, intellectual growth, motor skills, social emotional well-being and the parent-child relationship.

    When enrolled in North Kansas City Parents as Teachers, families with children birth to kindergarten will receive FREE:

    • Certified parent educator home visits
    • Health screening
    • Developmental screening
    • Monthly parent-child activities
    • Presentations on a variety of parenting topics
    • Connections to community resources
    • Annual parenting fair
    • Opportunities for monthly play time at North Kansas City Public Library

    Screening opportunities are available for those children from three months to kindergarten.



    Meet our Parent Educators!



    Courtney Holt is in her 4th year as Early Learning Coordinator.  She supervises the Parents as Teachers program as well as the Title I Preschool Program in the district.  Courtney received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from Graceland University in Lamoni IA and her Masters Degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Early Childhood Education.  Previously she was a Preschool teacher at Schuyler County School District, Princeton School District and the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families (formerly the Early Care and Education Lab Center) at Northwest Missouri State University.  Courtney also taught Kindergarten, First Grade and Preschool in the North Kansas City School District.  She enjoys sports, outdoor activities and camping with her family in her free time.  Her favorite part of working with children and families is building relationships, making connections and helping provide quality support and learning experiences.


    Jennifer Hansen has been a parent educator for 12 years.  She is currently our Lead Parent Educator for our program at North KC Schools.  Jennifer has her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  When not working with families she enjoys gardening, playing with her puppy and hanging out with family.  Her favorite part of working with families is learning about the uniqueness of each family and watching parents grow in their confidence as their child’s first teacher. 



    Laura Crawford has been a parent educator for 13 years and all together has 25 years of experience in Early Childhood/Parent Education. She received her Bachelors of Science in Child and Family Studies at Northwest Missouri State University.  Laura obtained her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Curriculum & Instruction from University of Missouri Kansas City.  When she is not on home visits she enjoys reading, and spending time with her children! Laura's favorite part of working with families is watching parents get excited when their child learns a new skill as well as seeing families grow and become confident as their child's first teacher!




    Kathleen Overcash has been a parent educator in the North KC School District for 19 years as well as 10 years in Elementary Education. She currently also works with MO First Steps and has for 8 years as a special instructor. When not on home visits, Kathleen enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her kids. Her favorite part of working with families is helping them gain confidence in their skills and watching them have fun with their children!


    Rhonda Underwood is in her 4th year with Parents as Teachers. Previously she has been a 1st and 2nd grade teacher. She loves watching football, playing with her twin boys and walking on the beach! Her favorite part about working with families is being a part of different family dynamics and observing how children play and learn!


    Audrey King is in her 4th year as a parent educator but has been in education for 11 years. Previously she was the Family Involvement Specialist at Davidson Elementary in our district.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood/Child Development. Audrey enjoys cooking, gardening, crafting and spending time with her family! Her favorite part of working with families is making connections, problem solving and providing resources!



    Amy Hines has been a parent educator for 13 years.  She has her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education at Wichita State University and has also been a classroom teacher for first and second grades and Pre-K.  Amy enjoys spending time with family, and hiking/walking the nature trails close to her home.  Amy’s favorite part of working with families is helping parents find new ways to connect with their child.


    Shannon Drummond is in her 7th year as Parent Educator.  She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and has been working with families for 15 years.  Shannon enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.  Her favorite part of working as a Parent Educator is supporting families and playing with kids.


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    Debbie Karlstrand is in her 2nd year as a Parent Educator with the district and has over twenty five years  experience in the field of early childhood. Debbie has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri and a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Debbie enjoys building relationships with families and assisting families connect with resources in their community. Outside of being a parent educator, Debbie enjoys attending her children's activities, traveling with her family and volunteering. 

    Ashley Rasmussen

    Ashley Rasmussen is in her 1st year as a Parent Educator, but has been in early childhood education for 22 years, including 12 years as a preschool teacher. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education. Ashley is married to her high school sweeheart and is a graduate of Winnetonka. She has a 15 yr old daughter and a 12 yr old son. In her free time she enjoys going to concerts, thrifting/junkin, and watching her son play baseball. Ashley is passionate about creating relationships with families and helping ensure every child is as prepared as possible for Kindergarden.  

    Julie Youngers

    Julie Youngers is a recent psychology graduate from the University of Missouri and has a background in infant developement research at the University of Missouri, Harvard University, and the University of British Columbia. In her free time, Julie can be found reading, dancing, traveling, or refining her chocolate chip cookie recipe. Julie also speaks some spanish. She is so excited to be starting her first year as a Parent Educator for NKC Schools.

    Amber McDougal

    Amber McDougal is in her 1st yr as a Parent Educator for NKC Schools. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Missouri Western. Amber has worked in early childhood with ages 3-5 for 7 years. When not working, Amber loves spending time with her husband and 4 children, reading, and spending time with friends. Her favorite part of working with families is seeing them succeed and make lasting connections that help them throughout their whole life.

    Leanne Hillgas

    Leanne Hilligas is in her 1st year as a Parent Educator, but has been in early childhood education for over 10 years in various rolls such as teaching, Head Start, and professional developement for early childhood professionals. She has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Leadership from Park University and her Master's in Adult Education. Leanne enjoys attending sporting events with her family, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her 2.5 yr old son.




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