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Image of father and toddler on park bench. Parents as Teachers Blue Ribbon Affiliate logo accompanies text that says: Parents as Teachers is a home visiting program that supports parents as their child’s earliest and best teachers and helps children grow, learn and reach their full potential. Parenting may be tough, but getting support is easy!

In 2021, Bright Beginnings completed the Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process and earned the highest designation: Blue Ribbon Affiliate status. Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that Bright Beginnings is among the highest quality members of the home visitation and parent education field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity and quality.

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How the program works

Parents as Teachers provides parents with the knowledge and tools that support the health and development of young children at every stage. All services are home-based or virtual, voluntary, and at no cost to families.

The goals of Parents as Teachers are to:
  • Increase school readiness and school success
  • Provide parents with information about child development and parenting practices
  • Help families detect health issues and developmental delays early
  • Decrease parent stress
National studies show that children who participated in Parents as Teachers had better English language proficiency and academic outcomes. 

What can families expect?

Families who participate in Parents as Teachers are assigned a Parent Educator who helps with:

  • Age-appropriate activities and materials for you and your child
  • Parenting challenges like crying, hitting, sleep, routines and potty training
  • Developmental screenings and assessments
  • Information to respond to your questions or needs
  • Connecting you to needed resources and services in the community
  • Transitioning to a high-quality preschool or kindergarten program
Parents and caregivers can also join our online parenting support group to share resources and experiences.

Get started with Parents as Teachers

  • If you have a child under the age of three and live in Cuyahoga County, you can sign up for Parents as Teachers by calling us at (216) 698-7500 or completing our online referral form.

  • Parents as Teachers at Bright Beginnings is proud to be an affiliate of the Parents as Teachers National Center

  • If you are a professional making a referral for a child under the age of three that lives in Cuyahoga County, please use our referral form. The referral form can be submitted via fax to (216) 391-6106 or via email to [email protected]. You can also contact us by phone at (216) 698-7500.


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6393 Oak Tree Boulevard South, Independence, OH 44131
P:(216) 524-3000  |  F:(216) 524-3683  |  [email protected]
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