Parents are a child’s first teacher. The most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status, but the extent to which that student’s family is able:

  • To create a home environment that encourages learning
  • To express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers
  • To become involved in their children’s education at school and in the community

We have a few things we ask parents to do during their child’s School Readiness year. These requirements are designed to equip you to be your child’s first teacher:

  • Attend a parent orientation session
  • Complete registration paperwork at your child’s preschool. Pay half of the preschool registration fee (approximately $25). Pay the monthly parent share of tuition – the amount of the monthly parent share depends on family income.
  • Complete an Early Childhood Screening within 90 days of enrollment in the program. (Rochester residents can call 328-4004 to make a screening appointment. Out-of-town residents should contact their local school district).
  • Attend three Parent Education Groups.

At Parent Education Groups child care for preschool age children is provided while the parents meet. Many types of Parent Education Groups are offered at no cost to families. To register for a Parent Education Group, please call the PAIIR office at 507-328-4020.

In addition, several Family Events will be planned throughout the year that you are encouraged to attend with your entire family.

2018-2019 Parent Education Topics

DateTimeTopicParent Education Credits
Wednesday, September 126:30-8:00pmParenting Styles1
Tuesday, October 169:30-11:00amConnection before Correction1
Saturday, November 109:00am-NoonIntentional Parenting using Positive Discipline3
Thursday December 209:30-11amStress Management1
Wednesday, January 96:30-8:00pmConscious Discipline by Becky Bailey1
Tuesday, February 199:30-11amParenting with the End In Mind1
Wednesday, March 206:30-8:00pmSeven Habits of Highly Effective Families by Steven Covey1
Thursday, April 119:30-11:00amMath and Reading in your Home1
Wednesday, May 226:00-7:30pmManaging Emotional Mayhem by Becky Bailey1