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Congratulations Beatriz Bonilla on your retirement!
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Welcome New Parent Educator Crystal Medina!
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Crystal has worked for Early Head Start and Home Visitation.  She is looking forward to meeting all of her families soon!

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This is a program for those parents that are under age 21.  If you are enrolled in high school, talk with your counselor or Mrs. Holman about enrolling in a PAT credit class! Special teen meetings are held every third Thursday, during the Seminar block. If you need to schedule a visit with your parent educator or need to enroll, call the PAT office (359-7012 and ask for Brooke Johnston). For students who are parents at the Junior High school, see school counsoler Gina Robbins for details of being bussed to the teen meetings!

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Parents as Teachers

Carthage Parents as Teachers 2020-2021 Guidelines

Carthage Parents as Teachers is committed to helping parents be their child’s first and best teacher and continuing visits catered to our families wishes and the safety of everyone.  This is our proposed plan.

  1. All families and PAT educators will evaluate and determine the most appropriate option between personal visits or virtual / teleconference visits.
  2. PAT staff will have their temperatures taken upon arrival to the PAT office daily and monitor their self- health, following R-9 policies.
  3. PAT staff will wash their hands upon arrival to school and each and regularly throughout the day.  They will also carry hand gel in their cars.
  4. PAT staff will keep the master calendar up to date for any necessary contact tracing.
  5. Parents will be asked to self-monitor their families health.  When visiting the office, a temperature will be taken. Families will be asked if-
  1. Anyone in the house has had Covid 19
  2. Anyone in the household had a fever above 99.6 or above, a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat in the past week.
  3. Has anyone been out of the country in the past 14 days.
  4. Has anyone been at a large social gathering in the past 14 days?
  5. Parents will be asked to contact their Parent Educator within 24 hours if any member of their household develops symptoms within two weeks of their visit or discovers they were exposed to Covid 19
  1. Toys and materials taken to homes will be extremely limited and sterilized immediately after use.  Suggestion is to take materials we can leave- (ex playdough, sidewalk chalk, crayons.  NO materials can be taken that can not be sanitized. Appropriate suggestion is to contact the family before the visit and have them pull materials from their home they can use and educators verbally instruct them to use- (blocks, puzzles etc).  Educator resources can be used for example (such as toys to make) but not used by students. Bags and totes must be disposable.  Family folders will not be taken into the homes.
  2. All PAT screening tools will be thoroughly sanitized between visits and tables and chairs wiped down.  Screenings at the office will be limited to one parent and the child being screened.
  3. PAT staff will wear a face mask when working within 6 feet of children or families.
  4. PAT staff will not hold children in their lap and will maintain social distancing.
  5. Outdoor, yard or driveway visits are encouraged whenever possible to support social distancing.  When possible, screenings will be done outdoors.
  6. Group connections will be offered virtually and not in person during Covid. (Example having a local or school librarian reading to children or hosting a Pediatrician with Q and A.)  Regular connections will resume when determined safe by the administration of Carthage R-9.
  7. A parent questionnaire and agreement must be completed as a Hold Harmless Agreement.
  8. PAT Staff will immediately report any exposure of illness to supervisor.  PAT staff will safely administer screenings and visits to families and deliver services working to meet our year goals.  When in doubt, Virtual/Teleconference have been approved for the year and PAT staff is expected to maintain their caseload and report to work maintaining their normal hours assigned.


This working document is subject to change as the situation evolves-

Adopted July 16, 2020

What is parents as teachers?

Carthage R-9 Parents as Teachers program is a free program for the Carthage school district.  We serve over 1450 children from prenatal through kindergarten entry.  Parents are a child's first and best teacher.  Our goal is help parents prepare their children for school.  We offer free screenings and referrals to preschool and other services.


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Valentine Pet Party

Speical thanks to SMB and the Moola Moola cow who gave everyone a toy dog! Thanks to Carthage Family Literacy Council for the books and Jeanne Hardwicke Goolsby, Mary Kirby, Kim Splitter and Judy Pace for reading! Thanks New Day Dog Training with Hannah Miller and BEAR for coming! Thanks Megan Ryan and her dog Gio! Thanks to JOPLIN HUMANE SOCIETY for bringing out Mrs Purrington the sweetest cat ever and thanks to Hailey Baker and Logan for delivering the Valentines we made to St Luke’s Nursing Home residents!

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PAT Math EvenT

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Early Childhood's Lending Library

On April 18, 2018 the Early Childhood and PAT students and staff joined the Carthage Literacy Council, the Chamber of Commerce, district administration, school board members and community members for the ribbon cutting of Carthage's fifth lending library. Anyone can borrow books. Lending Libraries are located in front of Early Childhood, Columbian, YMCA, by Chamber of Commerce and North of Grace Episcopal at Howard and Chestnut.

If you have books to donate please email

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The Carthage school district services any child, prenatal up to kindergarten entry with Parents as Teachers.  This is a FREE service for any baby-toddler-preschooler in the area that helps parents become their child’s first and best teacher, puts parents in contact with the resources in the community they need and successfully transitions parents and students to be ready and successful in school!  Call Parents as Teachers 359-7012 to enroll today!

Your Parents as Teachers Staff

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This team sees any family in our district with children prenatal to kindergarten entry as a free service through the R-9. Free parenting tips to ensure your children are ready for school!  We tie you into preschools, interventions if needed and get lots of books and age appropriate information into homes!  Call today 359-7012   Bottom row left- Brooke Johnston, Beatriz Bonilla, and Ellie Waite.  Back row left- Jane Goade, Diane Lane, Patty Ogden, Sherry Fuller, Yoselyn Garza and Kamie Bourgault.

Read! Read! Read!

Did you know...

Babies who are read to go to school with thousands of more words in their vocabulary than those who are not. 

Parents can get a free book from PAT donated by the Carthage Literacy Council by calling 359-7012.



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Contact Information:


(417) 359-7012


625 E. Fairview

Carthage, MO 64836


If sickness is in your home, please cancel your appointment. 

We don't want to spread germs.


*****Winter Weather*****

If the R-9 Schools are closed, we will not be completing visits for the day. Thank you for keeping our safety as well as yours a priority!

Julie's class

Julie Anderson, retired R9 preschool teacher, hosts quarterly preschool events at PAT.  In February, School Board President Jeff Jones, attended the class as a guest reader.  Thank you Mr. Jones!

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Do the Right Thing Award

Julie Anderson, retired R-9 teacher, was honored with a Do The Right Thing Award at the April 18th Board meeting.  Mrs. Anderson volunteers her time one day a month to conduct a preschool class for eleven students in our community who do not qualify for Head Start or District preschool services.  Mrs. Anderson is pictured with Jane Goade, PAT Coordinator; Brady Hembree (one of Mrs. Anderson's students) with his father, Robert Hembree; and Michael Goolsby, Board President.

Do the Right Thing Recipient Julie Anderson
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