Parents as Teachers

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A new partnership between Parents as Teachers and CoxHealth has a parent educator working alongside medical providers in a Springfield doctors’ office. 

Brandi Saxton, manager of CoxHealth’s Northside Pediatrics Clinic where the educator, Amanda Coleman, is located, says the purpose is to improve outcomes for children that may have some developmental delays.

Coleman works at the clinic on Mondays and Fridays and conducts developmental screenings on 18-month-olds and three-year-olds.

It’s important, she said, to intervene early if a child is having problems.

Fire Extinguisher
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Free fire extinguishers and smoke alarms will be given to families with young children in October.  It’s a partnership between the Springfield Fire Department and Parents as Teachers.  The families were identified through in-home surveys done by PAT educators.

Cara Erwin, Fire and Life Safety educator with the fire department, says 250 fire extinguishers will be given out along with $2500 in smoke alarms.

She’s confident the free fire safety devices will save lives.

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A 2014 study conducted by the Springfield Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights showed that 28 percent of the city’s kids aren’t prepared for kindergarten.  Contributing factors included lack of access to quality health care and early education services and disparities in health and wellness.