04/14/2010 - Right now, a lot of angry people are venting on Facebook.
There's this one: "I'm not an educator, but a very concerned and thankful parent. PAT is a wonderful program that has benefited both my family, as well as my sister's. I've kept my sanity (mostly) through my son's terrible twos, but most importantly my nephew's hearing impairment and my niece's autism were caught early by their PAT educator."
And this one: "I am a 12-year educator in a very rural community of 1,000. PAT is all we have for our little guys. Please don't stop calling and e-mailing ... let Jeff City know we are outraged. These kids are our future."
John Schlitt, director of the Pew Home Visiting Campaign, says Pew stays away from recommending programs, but successful programs are voluntary, reduce isolation for parents, offer community resources, look at child development and give educators the chance to see a child in their own environment and make sure that it's a safe one. Assessments are also important as most of a child's cognitive development happens by the time they're 3.
Visit the St. Louis Beacon Web site to read The Cradle Will Rock? State Legislators Look to Slash Funding for Parents as Teachers in its entirety.