“Parents as Teachers helped me so much with my parenting. The program is the best thing I have.”
- Sarah

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home visits for infants, toddlers and preschoolers

Building Stronger Families

Early Childhood

Learning new things can always be difficult. Especially when you’re learning to be a first-time parent.

Sarah’s first son, Mark, was a happy baby. But as he grew into his toddler years, Sarah was unsure how to handle his behavioral changes. When he started acting out at home, she felt herself growing more frustrated.

“When he wasn’t behaving well, I didn’t know how to make him behave without screaming and hitting,” Sarah says. She knew she needed help.

That’s when she turned to LSI’s Parents as Teachers program.

Parents as Teachers provides free and voluntary parent education and support for families in Boone and Story County, from pregnancy up to age 5.

The program was with Sarah every step of the way, providing home visits and teaching her how to adjust to Mark’s developmental stages.

Sarah also joined LSI’s People Place, a central location in Ames where parents can connect with each other and find community resources they need to help their family thrive.

“I dealt with Mark’s behavior at home with their help,” Sarah says. “I learned his behavior was a phase, and they told me it was normal.
Before, I thought there was a problem with me, or that I wasn’t a good parent.”

Mark, now 3, entered preschool last fall, and Sarah is proud to see how much progress he has made. He’s making new friends and at home, he’s become the best big brother to his baby sister, Hannah.

Learning how to handle Mark’s developmental stages has made Sarah more confident in raising Hannah. She knows what to expect as Hannah grows up, and she’s ready to face each day and create the brightest future for her children.

“Parents as Teachers helped me so much with my parenting,” Sarah says. “The program is the best thing I have.”