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Binghamton City School District PACT Program Receives National Recognition

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Binghamton City School District's Parents and Children Together (PACT) Program received national recognition as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate with the Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.

The universal program that started in 1986 provides parent educators to visit parents who live in the City of Binghamton School District and provide resources to prepare their children for a stronger future. 

"Completing the visits is the number one priority," said PACT Program Manager Mary Ellen Lollie. "Once we get to the parents' home and we engage them, sit down, and start the visit, they're gaining knowledge."

Lollie says the program helps parents problem solve, build their resilience, detect if their children have any developmental delays, and create a bridge between the parents and the school district. 

"Kindergarten teachers report back to us that they can identify students whose parents were in the program," said Lollie. 

113 families were served during the year BCSD received the recognition, with 5 parent educators working 30 hours a week to provide home visits and group meetings. 

The official designation was made October 1, 2019, but educators and parents celebrated the achievement on Friday.