Successfully completes the Quality Endorsement and Improvement process with the Parents as Teachers national office
Maine Families York County, a program of Southern Maine Health Care, earned a prestigious endorsement by Parents as Teachers national center as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top performing early education and home visiting affiliates within the international Parents as Teachers network.
"To receive the status of being an official Parents as Teachers Blue Ribbon Affiliate truly illustrates the quality of services being offered by our program," stated the Maine Families York County Director, Tracee Golet. "I am extremely proud of our entire staff as they work very hard at ensuring that families in York County are getting the support and resources they need to feel successful as parents."
Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that Maine Families York County is a high-quality member of the home visitation and parent education field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity. Families in the Sanford community are positively impacted by the services delivered by this program, which include home visits, group connections, child screening and connections to community resources, equipping parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school.
To earn this recognition, over the past year staff at Maine Families completed the intensive Quality Endorsement and Improvement process through the Parents as Teachers national center. Maine Families demonstrated that it meets all of the Parents as Teachers Essential Requirements and at least 75 percent of the Parents as Teachers quality standards.
Among this program’s greatest strengths identified by the national office is that the affiliate not only met all of the essential requirements, but also scored 95 percent of the Parents as Teachers Quality Standards.
The Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process is designed to help ensure and recognize quality implementation of the Parents as Teachers model, which is used in more than 1,300 organizations including schools, family resource centers, social service agencies, housing authorities, churches, and healthcare systems.
About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.” SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford, North Berwick and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit www.smhc.org, https://www.youtube.com/c/smhcorgme, or https://twitter.com/SMHCHealth.
About Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers is an international, non-profit organization that promotes optimal early development, learning and health of young children. Parents as Teachers provides an evidence-based home visiting model and is a center for innovation in promising practices. Parents as Teachers designs and develops quality research-based and evidence-informed curricula and trainings for early childhood family support professionals.
We support evidence based model implementation by our local partners through professional development, implementation support, continuous quality improvement and a quality endorsement process. We facilitate data collection, analysis, evaluation and research to deepen and demonstrate our impact in communities. Lastly, we advocate for children and families at the state and federal level through community engagement. For more information, visit www.ParentsAsTeachers.org.
Photo Caption: The Maine Families York County staff proudly display the Blue Ribbon Affiliate certificate they earned for achieving all of the Parents as Teachers quality standards.