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Parents As Teachers Program Takes on the Lessons of Ferguson

During the lean years of the recession, Parents as Teachers of Missouri went through an unprecedented challenge when state funding for the home-visiting group was cut by millions. Lawmakers redirected the organization to use its remaining funding to reach more vulnerable parents and children. Though painful, it was a wake-up call, and nudged the international organization to improve how it engages the poor and, often, people of color and to examine better ways to partner with parents dealing with the trauma and the stresses of poverty, neighborhood violence and inequity.