Parents as Teachers

Certified Parents As Teachers (PAT) Parent Educators serve parents of children age birth through three years old, including prenatal.

Program Goals

  • Provide information, support and encouragement to parents
  • Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices
  • Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues
  • Prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Increase children's school readiness and school success

Program Components

  • Personal Visits are a time for the parent educator to share age-appropriate child development information with parents, help them learn to observe their own child, address their parenting concerns and engage the family in activities that provide meaningful parent/child interaction
  • Monthly Group Meetings provide opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills
  • Screenings for early identification of developmental delays or health, vision and hearing problems provides regular review of each child's developmental progress, identifies strengths and abilities as well as areas of concern that require referral for follow-up services and increases parents' understanding of their child's development
  • Resource Network families identify and connect with needed resources and overcome barriers to accessing services. We take an active role in developing relationships with other organizations that serve families.