Maricopa County Home-Visitation Program Receives Prize for Shattering Negative Statistics with Parents as Teachers Model
Phoenix, Arizona – Members of the Child and Family Resources Building Bright Futures program team were recently honored by the Parents as Teachers national center (the accrediting agency for Building Bright Futures) with a Losos Prize for Excellence. The Parents as Teachers national center recognizes two exemplary affiliates each year through the Losos Prize. One affiliate is awarded the Losos Prize for Excellence and another affiliate is awarded the Losos Prize for Innovation. These affiliates are honored at the Parents as Teachers national conference and receive a $5,000 award to support activities that further their work.
The award is for outstanding achievement in program excellence and celebrates the hard work this team has put in to grow this program. From the award letter: “Congratulations! I am happy to inform you that your program has been chosen as the winner of the LOSOS Prize for Excellence, for the outstanding achievement in program excellence. We are excited to celebrate you and your program for this outstanding achievement at our upcoming conference.”
Building Bright Futures provides home-visitation programming to new and expecting parents free of charge using the proven Parents as Teachers model. This model utilizes personal visits, group connections, resource networks and child screenings to partner with parents to get their children off to a healthy start. This program is proven to have long-term, positive effects on children and families served, including: early detection of developmental delays and health problems; increased kindergarten readiness; school success in the elementary grades; greater parent involvement in child’s schooling; and increased language and literacy in the child.
CFR currently provides the Parents as Teachers model in multiple regions: Building Bright Futures in Northwest Maricopa, North Phoenix, and Southwest Maricopa; and now as a blended program in Pinal County (see full article). Building Bright Futures hosts regular Group Connections – follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop about this and other programs!