Parents as Teachers

The vision of Parents as Teachers (PAT) is that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

Within this evidence-based home visiting model, certified parent educators provide information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. PAT sites provide at least two years of services to families with children between prenatal development and kindergarten. Generally, families should be enrolled by the child’s 3rd birthday. Sites are affiliated with PAT National Center (PATNC) to ensure model fidelity.

The Parents as Teachers Model uses four core components to service children and families:

  1. Home Visits. Each home visit includes parent-child interaction, family well-being and development centered parenting.
  2. Referrals to Community Resources
  3. Health and Child Development Screenings
  4. Group Connections

The mission of Parents as Teachers is to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families. It is a universal access model.

Find a PAT Program

For more information, please visit www.parentsasteachers.org or contact Sara Jane Blackman, Georgia Parents as Teachers State Coordinator, at blackman@uga.edu.

  
  National Center for Parents as Teachers