Parents as Teachers program budget cut again - KMOV.com

Parents as Teachers program budget cut again

The Parents as Teachers program has taken another hit.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon cut the program's budget by nearly $5 million this week. Parents as Teacher's budget already dropped from $35 million in 2008 to $31 million. Another $2 million was withheld this January.

Susan Stepleton said she isn't happy with the cuts, even though she understands the budget crisis the state is in.

"We are at the point of real anger with the governor," Stepleton said. "We have been hit over and over and over again."

Under the program, "parent educators" make in-home visits to red flag any potential problems with a child's development and share educational materials.

The program was developed in Missouri in the 1970s and has spread to all 50 states and several other countries.

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