Parents as Teachers Case Study

Parents as Teachers Case Study

Parents as Teachers is a St. Louis-based organization providing early childhood educational support and training to parents of 212,000 children in families from all 50 U.S. states and six other countries.

Services are provided via a network that uses its early childhood development, learning and health curriculum through personal visits, community connections, support services and referrals.

“As the Parents as Teachers network has grown to over 3,000 programs, including more that 1,300 model affiliates, so has the need for a more robust, customized data management system,” said Scott Hippert, CEO and President of Parents as Teachers.

“The ability to tailor Athena’s Penelope software to meet our needs allows our programs and affiliates to deliver consistent, timely data and provides faster access to critical information to track and develop reports and better serve the families we support.”

Athena worked closely with Parents as Teachers during each step of the development process and throughout the launch phase this past summer to help ensure a smooth transition to the new data management system.

An initial cohort of users was selected to test the system and Athena provided technical assistance.

Richard Wollenberger, Director of Information Technology at Parents as Teachers, said Penelope’s versatility and comprehensive features, including its compatibility with the Tableau reporting tool to create data visualization and custom reports, were key factors in the selection process.

Athena also worked with Parents as Teachers to automate the electronic transfer of information from its previous system into Penelope.

“This connectivity represents long-term time and cost savings,” said Wollenberger.

Founded in Missouri in 1984, Parents as Teachers serves more than 212,000 children in all 50 U.S. states, more than 100 Tribal organizations, schools and communities, and six other countries.

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