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District’s Parents as Teachers program earns national recognition

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From staff reports 

The Parents as Teachers’ National Center (PATNC) has named Beaufort County School District (BCSD) as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, designating it as one of the top performing home-visiting affiliates. 

BCSD’s PAT program includes home visits, group connections, child screenings, and connecting families to community resources. 

“This equips parents with supplemental knowledge and resources to help prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater future academic success in school,” Superintendent Frank Rodriguez said in a release. 

“Our program emphasizes to parents that they are their child’s first and most important teacher,” Coordinator of Parent Education Rebecca Stempel, Ed.D, said in a release. “Our goal is to build a robust community, strong families, and to ensure all children enter school ready to learn.” 

The district’s program underwent PATNC’s self-study and review process, demonstrating the accountability and credibility of BCSD’s PAT program to the community, elected officials, and partner organizations. 

“This endorsement is a direct result of the dedicated teamwork, strategic planning, and passionate service by our Parent Educators and support team,” Director of School Readiness Ashley Gould Hutchison said in a release. “It’s an honor for us to be recognized as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate because it confirms we are delivering the highest quality services to our children and families.” 

To learn more about BCSD’s PAT program, contact the Office of Early Childhood at 843- 521-2399 or ashley.hutchison@ beaufort.k12.sc.us. 

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