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Parents as Teachers


If you are expecting or have a child under the age of 5, this is an exciting program for your family. Parents as Teachers is a free and fun program, designed to give parents an understanding of how young children grow and learn during the most important first years of life, where more is learned than at any other time. Along with the developmental information you receive, there are also activity ideas and developmental screenings. Storytimes and other group meetings are also held throughout the year.

Children are born to learn. Parents as Teachers can assist parents in being the best first teachers for their children.

For more information, please call 417-724-6365 or e-mail one of the following Parent Educators.


PAT Staff 

Tina Bell, Program Coordinator:

Jennifer Donaldson, Educator:

Kim Liss, Educator:

Kelly Hartman, Educator:




What is the DIAL?

The DIAL (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning) is not a test for preschool entry.  This is an assessment of readiness for your child that helps us when doing class assignments. The DIAL screening is the same assessment used before students enter kindergarten.  This is not a pass/fail test.  The following components make up the DIAL score:

Motor Area: Gross Motor items include throwing, hopping, and skipping. Fine Motor items include building with blocks, cutting, copying shapes and letters, writing, and finger-touching tasks.

Concepts Area: Items include pointing to named body parts, naming or identifying colors, counting, identifying concepts in pictures, and sorting shapes.

Language Area: Items include answering simple personal questions (name, age, and sex), articulation, naming (expressive) or identifying (receptive) objects and actions, plus phonemic awareness tasks such as rhyming and “I Spy.”

Self-Help Development: Looks at the child’s development of personal care skills related to dressing, eating, and grooming.

Social-Emotional Development: Looks at the child’s development of social skills with other children and parents, including rule compliance, sharing, self-control, and empathy



My Child's Milestones

Click here for more information about your child's developmental milestones.

CDC - Act Early, Childhood Development Milestones


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