"To provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life."
The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program focuses on supporting a parent’s role in promoting school readiness and healthy development. The PAT home visitors provide families of children 0-5 years old with information on children’s development and teach parents to encourage their child’s learning. The Parent Educators conduct regular screenings of children’s development, health, hearing and vision, and when necessary provide referrals to community resources.
In addition to home visits, PAT Parent Educators also provide the families with opportunities to network within group settings. Through regular group connection meetings, families are engaged in activities that promote positive parenting and enhance a parents’ ability to be their child’s first teacher. In these workshops, the PAT home visitor teaches parents skills and strategies to help their child to succeed in school and enjoy learning.
The Parents As Teachers (PAT) program includes four components: