PAT Home Visits
Being a parent can be hard work. There can be lots of questions.
- Will my son ever share his toys with others?”
- “I’m pregnant. How can I be sure the baby will get along with his 3-year-old half brother and my husband’s older children?”
- “My 2-year-old isn’t talking. Should I be concerned?”
- “What can I do to get my child to use the potty?”
- “Help! I need ideas for new, fun and educational activities for my 2-year-old.”
- “How can I get my baby to sleep through the night?”
If you have questions, the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program can help you learn the answers.
PAT is designed to insure children (prenatal to age 5) are healthy, safe and ready to learn.
The PAT program offers free, year-round personalized visits to your home, specifically planned for the needs of your family. The PAT program and your family’s teachers will be focused on helping you to better understand how your child grows and learns. Even though Parents as Teachers is an early-childhood program that focuses on children, the real learners in the program are adults.
On each visit to your home, your PAT Parent Educator and you will:
1. Look at your child’s growth and development and talk about the parenting challenges you face right now.
For example, a PAT Parent Educator will help you understand the reason for your 2-year-old’s tantrums. She’ll give you suggestions for what to do when tantrums happen.
2. Talk about family life in your home and how it impacts your child’s development, your parenting values and decisions.
Does your child’s behavior change when a step-sister is over for a visit? Is it hard for your child to get used to the rules in your home when she’s been visiting grandparents for a few days?
3. Build strong protective factors to keep you, your child and family healthy, strong and resilient.
Doctor and dentist appointments are important. Safe and quality child care is important. Food, clothing, shelter—Parent Educators are prepared to help families get the services they need.