From left, Parents as teachers educators Ellen Geiger, Tammy Schrader, Kelly Pfeiffer, Sara Snider, Bridgett Thomas, Linda Schmid, Kelly Groeber and Bekah Ellis.

Lincoln County R-III School District’s Early Childhood Education Parents as Teachers Program has earned a prestigious endorsement from the Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc., (PATNC) as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top-performing home visiting affiliates within the PATNC’s international network. The official designation was made on Oct. 1. 

Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that LCR3 ECEC Parents as Teachers is a high-quality member of the home visiting field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity. Families in the Lincoln County community are positively impacted by the services delivered by this program. 

The program includes home visits, group connections, child screening, and connections to community resources. It equips parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. 

“To earn the Blue Ribbon Affiliate status, we underwent a rigorous self-study and review process from the National Center. The process confirms that we are meeting Parents as Teachers’ standards of fidelity and quality,” said Dr. Kelly Groeber, Principal of the LCR3 Early Childhood Education Center. “Blue Ribbon Affiliates are exemplary programs, delivering highest quality services to children and families.” 

Superintendent Mark Penny said, “Implementation with quality and fidelity is vital in home-visiting programs as it determines a program’s effectiveness in accomplishing its original goals and intended outcomes.” 

It also verifies that a program is being implemented as designed. Parents as Teachers’ rigorous endorsement process demonstrates an affiliate’s accountability and credibility to the community, its funders, elected officials, and the partner organizations with which they work. 

“We look forward to continuing to grow this program for the benefit of the families and children in our community. The opportunities provided to them through PAT will set the stage for educational success down the road,” said Dr. Groeber. 

LCR3 Early Childhood Education Center Parents as Teachers is an organization that strives to support and educate the families of young children in the Lincoln County R-III School District. 

The services include weekly or bi-monthly home visits, group connections, and screenings. 

Currently, the PAT program is providing home visits to LCR3 families with children ages prenatal to Kindergarten entry who are experiencing a life circumstance that would consider them high needs or at risk. 

If you are interested in learning more or applying for home visits, please complete an application found on our program website at and return to 1601 S. Main Street. 

After receiving your application, we will contact you regarding your eligibility to receive visits. 


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