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The Wayne County Family Center

The Wayne County Family Center is one of only 100 blue-ribbon certified Parents as Teachers programs in the United States!

Parents as Teachers

Being a parent can be hard work. There can be lots of questions

FREE Home Visiting Program

PAT offers free, personal visits to your home, planned specifically for the needs of your family, focused on helping you to better understand how your child grows and learns. Even though Parents as Teachers is an early childhood program, the learners in the program are adults.

The Wayne County Family Center

The Family Center of Wayne County is known for our home-visiting. Our teachers bring the Parents as Teachers program into homes of families with children prenatal up to age 5—completely FREE of charge.

The Family Center is also known for our FREE play groups that are held throughout Wayne County.

A close partner, Wayne County Early Intervention, is a FREE program that works to insure that all children, birth to age 5, are on track with their learning and growing. If there is a possibility that a child may have a developmental delay or disability, the team of Early Intervention professionals work with the family to address growth and development concerns.

Read on to learn more about the Family Center and the other programs that we work with closely.

Parents as Teachers (PAT)

PAT offers free, personalized visits to your home. Your PAT Parent Educator plans each visit for the specific needs of your family. The visits are focused on helping a parent to better understand how their child grows and learns. Even though PAT is an early-learning program focusing on children, the real learners in the program are the adults.

Play Groups

In fact, it might be the most important skill a child can have before starting school! Making friends doesn’t always come naturally, especially for a child who is not usually around other children. Play groups are a great way for little ones to be around other children and learn how to feel comfortable in a group. Children learn from other children. Play groups are especially helpful for children who participate in Early Intervention. It’s a great opportunity to watch how other friends talk, play, eat and more. Great news—our play groups are FREE, too!

Early Intervention

While all children grow and develop in their own unique ways, some children experience delays in their development. Children in Pennsylvania who have developmental delays and/or disabilities benefit from a FREE state-supported early intervention program that links parents, service practitioners and others who work with young children needing special services. 

The Pennsylvania Early Intervention program provides FREE support and FREE services to families with children, from birth to age five, who have developmental delays and/or disabilities. Early Intervention builds upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within the daily routines of a child and their family.