Parents as Teachers holding quarter auction

For the Daily Call

PIQUA — Piqua Parents as Teachers is having their semi-annual quarter auction on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Knights of Columbus in Piqua. Doors open at 6 p.m. The auction will start promptly at 7 and run approximately two hours.

There will be an option for the popular “all in paddle” — for $30, you can automatically bid on everything.

Piqua Parents as Teachers is a parent education and support program for families of children birth through kindergarten, in the Piqua area. The goal of PAT is designed to help provide all parents of these young children the information and support needed to give their children the best possible start in life.

Parents as Teachers is based on two truths: babies are born learning and parents are their first and most influential teachers. In their first few years, children learn more and at a much faster pace than at any other time. Through Parents as Teachers, parents acquire the skills to help make the most of these crucial early learning years. Studies have shown some of the positive benefits for the children over time to include greater academic achievement, enhanced socialization skills, improved positive self-esteem and early identification of delays.

The program covers child development and parent-child activities, which encourage language and intellectual growth, and motor and social skills.

Locally, Piqua Parents as Teachers has identified many children with early delays and assisted in getting services and help for them. They accomplish this through a program of personalized home visits, group meetings, playgroups, screenings and serving as a referral source.

This literacy-based program is free and voluntary, has universal access, and is unique in its philosophy to work with the strengths of each individual.

Located at Piqua Junior High School, PAT is currently in its 19th school year of service.

For the Daily Call