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Parents As Teachers (PAT)



All children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.


To provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.


The early years of a child's life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and in life.

Parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.

Established and emerging research should be the foundation of parent education and family support curricula, training, materials and services.

All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic or economic considerations.

An understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of diverse cultures is essential in serving families.


The personal visits, group meetings and screenings are the basic components of the (PAT) Program.  Personal visits are modified home visits with a certified educator, who is trained in child development. The parent educator is responsible for assisting parents in understanding what to look for in each stage of their child’s development.  In addition, the parent educator offers practical tips to parents on ways to encourage learning, manage behavior, and promote strong parent/child relationships.  

Group meetings are another component of the (PAT) program. At group meetings, parents get together to gain new insight and to share their parenting experiences, common concerns and successes.

The third and final component is the screenings section. (PAT) offers periodic screenings for children with respect to hearing, vision, language, dental, nutritional, motor, intellectual and social-emotional development.  The goal of these screenings is to give parents an understanding of their child’s development and to identify any potential concerns before it becomes an obstacle in their child’s development.