Endorsed sites demonstrate a high-quality implementation of evidence-based home visiting. The Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County 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 October 1, 2020.
Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County is a high-quality member of the home visiting field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity. Families in the Sheboygan County community are positively impacted by the services delivered by the program.
The program includes home visits, group connections, child development 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, the team at the Family Resource Center 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 Corrissa Frank, executive director of the Family Resource Center. “Our Parent Educator staff deliver the highest quality services to children and families through Parents as Teachers, and we look forward to continuing to offer this valuable program to Sheboygan County.”
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, Frank 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.
“I am fortunate to have been a part of our PAT program for the past 23 years, and guiding the program towards attaining this Blue Ribbon status is the highlight of my career with the Family Resource Center. Along with our team of qualified and dedicated home visitors- Amanda Oonk, Camber Posewitz, Melissa Udovich, Renee Wachuta and Brooke Weiss – we look forward to providing support to families in Sheboygan County families for many years to come,” says Peggy Wiedmeyer, Parents as Teachers supervisor.