• Group Connections

    Group meetings provide you and your child(ren) with parent/child activities where you can join with other parents as you discover more about your child's development. Our group meetings are geared toward families with infants to children five years of age. Some of our popular past group connection events have included big vehicles, block night, and literacy events.  Learn more on the "Group Connections" page to the left, and see details for this year's events on the calendar.

    Home Visits

    Personalized home visits by a certified Parent Educator, specially trained in child development and eager to help you give your child a head start! To learn more about home visits, see the "Personal Visits" page to the left.


    Developmental screenings offer parents a quick and effective way to look at how their child is learning and growing in the areas of health, vision, hearing, communication, physical development, problem solving and social/emotional development.  For more information about screening including the screening tools used, visit the "Screening" page to the left.

    If you are receiving visits with a parent educator, most of your screenings will occur in your home.  If you are waiting to be assigned a parent educator or have chosen to participate in our PAT Lite program, you can sign up for one of our screening dates here. Annual screenings are available for any child residing in the school district ages 3 months through five years of age (not yet in kindergarten).

    ALL families are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to have their child(ren) aged six months and older screened for amblyopia (“lazy eye”) through the KidSight program.  Using a Plusoptix photoscreening device trained technicians quickly and noninvasively take a picture of each child’s eyes and the device produces an immediate “pass” or “refer” result. No appointment is necessary for this this screening. KidSight will conduct first-come, first-serve vision screenings at the Southwest Early Childhood Center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. the following dates:

    Monday, November 19, 2018
    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    Resources/Drop in and Play Center

    Our Drop in and Play Center is located just across the hallway from the main office in the Southwest Early Childhood Center at 812 St. Mary's Blvd. The Play center is free and is open from 9:00-3:00 daily when school is in session and occasional evenings from 4-7 p.m.  Dates for both evening sessions and dates the center is closed are listed on our calendar and the "Drop in and Play" section of our website.  It will open on August 20, 2018 and remain open through May 9, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year.  

    To learn more about local resources, click here to download our JCPS Parents as Teachers Resources Guide

    Wait List Status 

    JCPS Parents as Teachers does currently have a waiting list for the personal visit aspect of the program.  If your family is added to the waiting list when you enroll in Parents as Teachers, you can still participate in all of the Group Connections, come in for a screening appointment, and use the Drop In and Play Center, and will receive our monthly newsletter via email.  Your family will be notified once a spot with a parent educator becomes available.

    PAT Lite
    This program began in 2013-2014, and is for families who want to take advantage of annual developmental screenings, group connection events and our Drop in and Play center, but who have chosen not to receive home visits.  Please speak with your parent educator or call Katie Epema, PAT Coordinator at 659-2350 with any questions or if you feel this program would be a good fit for your family.