How does PAT work?
Since this is your child and your family, you set the plan for each home visit. Your personal parent educator is there to provide well-researched information to help you make good parenting decisions and to provide support for you in times of need. The two of you will talk about things like your child’s eating, sleeping and toileting habits. Your parent educator will also bring activities and books that will show you new and fun ways to read and play with your child.
- Special meeting days at the Family Center will provide group connections that link you to other parents just like you. All of you can learn and grow together as parents.
- Regular health and developmental screenings to make sure your child is healthy and developing on track.
- If you need more help or a special resource, your parent educator will help you to make the connection.
What is PAT all about?
The Parents as Teachers Evidence-Based Model is the comprehensive home-visiting, parent education model used by Parents as Teachers Affiliates. The model provides services to families with children from prenatal through kindergarten. Affiliates follow the essential requirements of the model, which provide minimum expectations for program design, infrastructure, and service delivery. Parents as Teachers provides support for affiliates to meet those requirements as well as further quality standards that represent best practices in the field.
There are four dynamic components to the Parents as Teachers model:
Together these four components form a cohesive package of services with four primary goals:
- Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parent practices
- Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues
- Prevent child abuse and neglect
- Increase children’s school readiness and success.
The Parents as Teachers model for providing services to families with children from the prenatal period to kindergarten has been tested by rigorous peer-reviewed studies and shown to produce results. Affiliates follow the essential requirements of the model, which provide minimum expectations for program design, infrastructure, and service delivery. Parents as Teachers provides support for affiliates to meet those requirements as well as further quality standards that represent best practices in the field.