Parents as Teachers (PAT)
A parent is a child's first and most important teacher. This FREE program is designed to provide parents with information and to help build their children's intellectual, language, social, and physical development from birth to age five. Each stage in a child's development is important, and comes with opportunities for learning. Parents as Teachers helps guide parents through these stages and gives them tools for success.
Who Can Participate?
For any family expecting a child or with children up to age 5
The goal of Parents as Teachers is to provide parents with child development knowledge and parenting support, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, and increase children's school readiness. The PAT model includes four components: one-on-one home visits, monthly group meetings, developmental screenings, and a resource network for families. Parent educators conduct the home visits using structured visit plans and guided planning tools.
What's Involved in a Home Visit?
Parents will receive personal visits from a certified parent educator offering timely, age-appropriate information including:
• Prenatal care for healthy fetal growth and development
• What to expect as your child grows and develops
• How to encourage intellectual development, curiosity and language development
• Focused observations using child development information
• Confidential discussion of parenting concerns
• Fun activities to help your child prepare for school
Visits are scheduled at a convenient time and place for both the family and parent educator.
During home visits, parent educators share development information and ideas
based on the child's age, discuss parenting concerns, and share fun activities that help parents and children play together.
Home visits are also a chance for parents to share what their child has been doing, ask questions and follow up on ideas the parent educator has offered.
|This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under MIECHV grant #24550133 awarded to Victoria County Public Health Department. The Total MIECHV grant is $2.2 Million, which is matched by local dollars. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements