OTTUMWA – Sieda Community Action’s Parents as Teachers program recently earned the Iowa Family Support Credential. The Iowa Family Support Credential is awarded to family support and parent education programs that, through a rigorous external evaluation, are determined to be in substantial adherence to the Iowa Family Support Standards. The Sieda PAT is the 43rd Iowa program to earn this honored distinction.

The Iowa Family Support Standards are based on the most up to date, evidence based practices in the family support field. Adherence to the standards indicates the program is providing high-quality services that will result in positive outcomes for young children and their families. The Sieda PAT program was required to meet the 139 standards to receive the Iowa Family Support Credential. The Iowa Family Support Credential is valid for five years.

Parents as teachers is an in-home visitation program for parents with children ages birth to age 5. The PAT program provides parents with child developmental knowledge and parenting support, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children's school readiness. The PAT model includes one-on-one home visits, monthly group meetings, developmental screenings, and a resource network for families.

Sieda Community Action, a private organization established in 1965 as a community action agency, implements a range of services designed to strengthen families, promote child development and help individuals and families with basic needs. Through our programs, individuals in Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren, and Wapello counties are better prepared to meet their basic needs. With this strong foundation, individuals and families are more likely to become self-reliant and contribute positively to their families and communities.

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