Parents as Teachers
Reminder: The Success By 6 Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Wed.-Fri., November 21st - November 23rd. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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.
New families click here to complete online enrollment.
Returning families click here to complete online enrollment.
Meet our Parent Educators!
Courtney Holt is in her second 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 first 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 11 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!
Carol Stewart has been a parent educator for 13 years. She has experience as an elementary classroom teacher in grades Pre-k to 5th grade. When she is not in visits she enjoys reading, singing and hiking. Carol’s favorite part when working with families is to see how excited children are waiting for her at the door.
Kimm Johnson is in her first year as a parent educator in our district. She has her Masters Degree in Education and taught in Las Vegas for 10 years before relocating to Missouri. When she is not working with families she enjoys cooking, working out and spending time with her four beautiful daughters. Kimm’s favorite part of working with families is being able to provide support and build relationships.
Julie Boord is in her 17th 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 17 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 2nd 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 second 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!
Linda Ramey has been a parent educator for 16 years, she has also been a Kindergarten teacher in the district. When she is not working with families, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her grandkids! Linda's favorite part of working with families is building relationships with them.
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.
Mary Storey is in her first year as a parent educator but not her first year in the North KC School District. She was also an Elementary eacher in the district for many years. She enjoys reading, walking and scrapbooking! Mary's favorite part of working with families is providing helpful resources and activities and building relationships!
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
Monday: 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30-11:30 a.m. 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.
Career & Technical Educational Center (CTEC)
1950 NE 46th Street
Kansas City, MO 64116
For questions, please call (816) 321-5453.