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A Resource for Parents of Young Children

Who We Are

First Teacher was a program of Parenting Matters Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents in their most important job as their child’s First Teacher. We provided parent education materials (monthly newsletter and developmental cards) for parents of preschool children from pregnancy to kindergarten.

What We Do

Parenting Matters Foundation has helped parents do an excellent job of raising their children. We encouraged them to be involved parents because their job is such an important one. Children who enter school ready to learn have a huge head start over children who aren’t prepared.

Who We Serve

Parenting Matters directly served families of children. In addition, we also served professionals who work with families and provided a resource for service providers to share with their families.
Although our offices were based in Washington State, we were able to provide parenting information anywhere one resides or works, either through postal, electronic delivery or through our website.


Children do not come with instruction manuals when they are born. Parents want and need help in raising happy, healthy children. And parents are busy and need information that is reliable, brief, and helpful. There are a large number of parenting books and websites that have great information and resources, but often they are challenging to access or time consuming to navigate. While we know that much of the child’s brain is developing in the first years of a child’s life it continues to develop. We provided short, informational articles that spanned many topics that parents need while being their child’s first teacher.

Developmental Cards

Learn which milestones your child will be achieving as they grow.

on Parenting

Our Founder and Co-Board President, Dr. Martin, is also an author.
Check here for her published articles.

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