What is Parents as Teachers?
Your child was born to learn, and you are his
first and most influential teacher!
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a program working to help make a difference in the lives of families. It is a research-based, nationally evaluated program that was designed to support ALL parents.
Parents are supported by visiting with a PAT-certified Parent Educator who is trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how, and why advice for families. Your parent educator will also be there to offer you age-appropriate activities that can do to help your developing child and provide information on community resources available to you.
How do I qualify for Parents as Teachers?
There are three qualifications for PAT:
I. You must live within USD 473, Chapman School District or are planning to have your children attend school in this district.
II. You should be expecting a child or have a child under the age of 3.
III. You should have a desire to learn more about being your child's first teacher.
What does the program offer families?
Personal Home Visits
The personal visit is by far the most popular aspect of the Parents as Teachers program. During the hour long visit the Parent Educator shares research-based information regarding parenting and child development and allows plenty of time for parents to voice concerns or raise questions. A parent-child learning activity provided by the Parent Educator is a highlight of the visits. Visits are every 4-5 weeks.
Play Groups/Parent Meetings
Play Groups provide a chance for families to be together, away from the pressures of work and home. They can play together and not have to clean up! Parents become acquainted with other parents while children begin to learn the critical skill of getting along.
Developmental screening, using standardized screening tool, is offered at least once a year. Health, vision, and hearing checklists and functional assessments are also completed yearly. Parents and Parent Educator observations coupled with periodic screening serve to identify potential problems and to assist parents with early appropriate interventions.
The P.A.T. Parent Educator helps link parents with other resources in the communicty that provide services beyond the scope of P.A.T. These resources may include speech and hearing clinics, programs for children with special needs, health and social service agencies and many more.