Parents as Teachers Program Expands
Trying to reach all families
The news was spilling from journals on neuroscience:
Children were born to learn from the cradle. Their brains thirsted, and parents had to be their first and best teachers.
But parents weren't exactly reading scientific papers, so in the early 1980s Mildred Winter set off like a self-described missionary to take the message into the homes of Missouri parents.
Selling the notion that they should allow educators into their homes to train them to teach their newborns and toddlers wasn't easy, said Winter, Missouri's first director of early childhood education.
It's easier now.
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