What is Parents as Teachers?
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an in-home visitation program for parents with children ages birth to age 5. The PAT program provides parents with child developmental knowledge and parenting support, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children’s school readiness. The PAT model includes 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. PAT Educators offer at least 12 one-hour home visits annually (more are offered to higher-need families) and offer a monthly Group Connection for PAT families. PAT serves families for at least two years between pregnancy and kindergarten entry. PAT Educators provide parents with information on child development and suggests learning opportunities that encourage the development of language, intellect, and physical and social skill.
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A program of the Mahaska/Wapello Early Childhood Iowa and the Iowa/Jefferson/Keokuk Early Childhood Iowa areas.
Components of Parents As Teachers
Personalized home visits by certified parent educators help parents understand what to expect in each stage of their child’s development. The parent educators offer practical tips and activities on ways to encourage school readiness, early literacy, manage challenging behavior, and promote strong parent-child relationships. The program teaches parents simple techniques, based on scientific research that will stimulate the brain development of their child.
Parents get together monthly to gain new insights and to share their experiences, common concerns and successes. Group meetings also provide the families with the opportunity to participate in parent-child activities.
PAT offers a periodic screening of overall development as well as health, safety, language, hearing, vision, and dental screening. The goal is to provide early detection of potential problems to prevent difficulties later in school.
Families can access other early childhood services integrated with the PAT program as well as get assistance in linking/referring families to community services that are beyond the scope of PAT.
The Parents As Teachers program is based on the national curriculum of the National Center for Parents As Teachers in St. Louis Missouri. All home visitors have attended training at the National Center and are certified PAT Educators.
75% of families enrolled in PAT must have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. 25% of the families may be universal families (no income guidelines for eligibility).
Parents as Teachers’ Impact on Health Fact Sheet
There is a growing recognition that home visiting is an effective strategy for improving health outcomes for young children.
See how Parents as Teachers is an effective strategy to impact health with this updated Parents As Teachers Fact sheet.