PACT program receives national recognition

BCSD PACT program receives national recognition as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate
Posted on 12/27/2019
The Binghamton City School District Parents and Children Together (PACT) 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, 2019.

Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that our BCSD PACT Program is a high-quality member of the home visiting field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity. Families in the Binghamton 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,” Mary Ellen Lollie, PACT Program Manager, said. “Blue Ribbon Affiliates are exemplary programs, delivering highest quality services to children and families.”

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 Lollie said. 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.

The BCSD honored its PACT Program parent educators for this well-deserved accomplishment at a breakfast ceremony on Jan. 3, 2020 in the Columbus School Community Room. View the coverage on WBNG, Fox 40, Spectrum News, and NewsChannel 34

About PACT Program
Parents And Children Together is an award-winning program that provides support and education for families with children from conception to kindergarten as a Parents As Teachers (PAT's) affiliate, it has been a part of Binghamton Schools since 1986. PACT is offered at no cost to every family living within the City of Binghamton. PACT provides home visits by highly trained certified parent educator weekly, biweekly or monthly. Parent educators share child development knowledge that is designed to stimulate child development growth. They provide guidance and periodic screenings for each child, and offer information on community agencies, programs and services that can benefit families and children. PACT also holds group meetings and special family events. For more information, visit the program's website.
About Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers (PAT) builds strong communities, thriving families and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn. The internationally-recognized evidence-based home visiting model is backed by 35 years of research-proven outcomes for children and families. PAT currently serves nearly 200,000 families in all 50 U.S. states, 115 Tribal organizations, six other countries, and one U.S. territory. Parents As Teachers National Center, Inc., is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Parents as Teachers affiliates operate in various settings, including health departments, hospitals and schools, faith-based and non-profit organizations. 
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