Parents as Teachers

  •  Do you have a child turning four by 7/31/2020? The North Kansas City School District offers FREE Title 1 preschool for 4 year olds. Find more information here.


    ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR - Coming in August!

    To alleviate confusion and to create a seamless enrollment process we ask that all families, new and returning, enroll by clicking on the appropriate link below OR  by calling the Parents as Teachers office at 321-5453. If you have previously participated in the program please do not call or text your parent educator to re-enroll. 

    We aim to serve as many families as possible. Due to State of Missouri funding guidelines some spaces are limited. We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible to reserve your space.



    Enrollment information for the 2020/2021 school year will be posted later this summer. 



    Success By Six Toy and Book Resource Library

    2019/2020 Hours of Operation -

    • Mondays: 2:30P - 6:30P
    • Tuesdays: 8AM - Noon
    • Wednesdays : Closed
    • Thursdays: 8A - Noon & 2:30P - 6:30P
    • Friday: 8A - Noon

     The Center is closed when NKC Schools are not in session for any reason. 



    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.

    If you are interested in being part of Parent as Teachers, you can enroll online or give us a call at 816-321-5453.




    Meet our Parent Educators!



    Courtney Holt is in her 3rd 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 11 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. 


    Terry Hartley is in her 2nd year as a parent educator. She has her Masters in Special Education and Psychology and has taught special education, first grade and undergrad Psychology. When Terry is not working with families she loves to crochet, read and travel. Her favorite part of working with families is supporting parents and working with kids.


    Laura Crawford has been a parent educator for 12 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!



    Julie Boord is in her 18th year in the Parents as Teachers program in the North KC School District.  Julie received her Bachelors degree from University of Central Missouri and her Masters in Deaf Education from Kansas University.  Julie has also spent 8 years in an Early Childhood Special Education classroom.  Julie enjoys watching her children play sports, reading and cross stitch.  Her favorite part when working with families is developing a personal connection and enjoying seeing the children she works with in the community or at school events when they are older.


    Kathleen Overcash has been a parent educator in the North KC School District for 18 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 3rd 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 3rd 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 12 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 6th 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 first 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. 



Success by Six Resource Center

  • NKC Schools and United Way are working together to prepare young children for success in school. The Success By 6 Resource Center is a fun learning space that provides books, toys, and resources to parents, caregivers, and early learning teachers throughout the Northland.

    The Success By 6 Resource Center is FREE to all families/teachers in the Northland. Materials and resources are available for children birth to 8 years old and can be checked out for two weeks.

    Hours of Operation

    2:30-6:30 p.m.
    Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Wednesday: CLOSED
    Thursday: 8:30-Noon. and 2:30-6:30 p.m.
    Friday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    The center is closed when NKC Schools are closed.

    Located at:
    Career & Technical Educational Center (CTEC)
    1950 NE 46th Street
    Kansas City, MO 64116 

    For questions, please call (816) 321-5453.

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