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September 2010 Volume 2

"Parents as Teachers" among highest-rated i3 recipients

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"Parents as Teachers" is one of the highest-rated applicants in the Investing in Innovation (i3) Program. It even scored higher than Harvard University in the "validation" category.

The i3 fund is part of a $10,000,000,000 investment in school reform from the U.S. Department of Education. i3 supports programs that help improve outcomes for high-needs students.

Of the 1,700 i3 submissions, only 49 were judged worthy to receive a share of $650,000,000 in grants.

"Parents as Teachers" will work with the BIE (Bureau of Indian Education) on 24 schools to reestablish BabyFACE. BabyFACE is a home visiting/parent education program for Native American families of children birth to 3 years old. BabyFACE will serve high-needs American Indian families in BIE schools not currently offering the FACE program.

A similar program, FACE, uses the Parents as Teachers model to serve Native children up to 5 years old. FACE has been proven to improve school readiness and third-grade reading achievement.

“Inclusion on this list is an important opportunity for "Parents as Teachers" and a key investment toward reaching children and families during the critical, early years of a child’s life,” said Susan Stepleton from Parents as Teachers. “It also establishes a new level of credibility for us and greatly increases awareness of Parents as Teachers as the trusted resource for a proven home visiting model among the most respected organizations and professionals who serve the evolving needs of families.”

The i3 competition was open to schools, nonprofits and institutions of higher education in partnership with public schools.

To read the complete list of 49 selected applicants:

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