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Parents as Teachers

All children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential

What is Parents as Teachers?

  • An evidence-based home visiting program
  • A voluntary primary prevention program prenatal to age five
  • A universal access program that can be targeted
  • A strengths-based family education and parent support program

PAT Core Beliefs

  • All parents deserve support as child's first teacher
  • Child's early years are critical for optimal development
  • Respect for traditions and cultures is essential
  • Services should be adapted to meet the needs of the family and community
  • Established and emerging research should be the foundation of parent education/family support.

PAT Goals

  • Increase parental knowledge of child development and improve parenting practices
  • Provide a means for early detection of potential learning problems.
  • Prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect
  • Increase children's school readiness and school success


  • PAT adapted and targeted for at-risk families
  • Eligible family must be low income and have a pregnancy and/or or child under age 1 at the point the family is enrolled.
  • Outreach and recruitment plan reflects targeted population

Personal Visit Component

  • Delivered in the home
  • Weekly or twice a month based on need
  • Weekly caseload = 12-14 families
  • Twice a month = 24 -25 families
  • Born to Learn Curriculum is used

Parent Group Meetings Component

  • Frequency = Once a month minimum
  • Include child development information
  • 4 types:
    • parent-child interaction,
    • small ongoing groups,
    • presentation-plus,
    • community events

Annual Screening Component

  • Development, health, hearing and vision
  • PATNC approved screening tools (ASQ, Denver, etc)
  • Parents engaged in the process
  • Parents receive verbal and written summary
  • Sensitivity to family's culture and primary language
  • Can be contracted out

Resource Network Component

  • Help families overcome barriers to needed resources
  • IFSP
  • Coordinate services with other providers
  • Assist in transition out of program to next placement
  • Participate in community efforts to improve services for families

Staff Qualifications

  • 4 year degree and supervised experience working with young children and their parents. is preferred
  • However, individual programs may include additional or alternative educational or work history requirements that they find appropriate and acceptable to meet the needs of their community.

Born to Learn Institute Prenatal-3 Years

  • Neuroscience research
  • Sequences of early childhood development
  • Effective personal visits
  • Facilitation of parent-child interaction
  • Ideas for parent groups
  • Ways to link families to community resources
  • Service to diverse families
  • Red flags in areas of development, hearing, vision and health
  • Recruitment and program organization
  • Follow-up Day

Born to LearnTM Curriculum

  • Based on child development and neuroscience research
  • Prenatal-36 months visit plans (for monthly, bi-weekly and weekly visits)
  • Child development and human diversity
  • resources for parent educators
  • Parent handouts - 2 reading levels
  • 16 segment video series
  • Available in English and Spanish

Core Training Costs

  • PAT P-3 Institute = $520
  • Born to Learn Curriculum = $295
    (each home visitor must have one)
  • Follow -Up Day - included

Getting started

  • Begin working with a PATNC Planning Consultant
  • Submit an initial PAT Program Plan
  • Register for training
  • Complete the Born to LearnTM Institute
  • Receive certification and affiliation notices
  • Annual renewal of certification - in-service requirement

National model - local program

PAT Resources

  • PAT How to Implement a PAT Program
  • PAT Standards and Quality Indicators
  • PAT Illinois State Office - Ounce of Prevention Fund

http://www.opfibti.org/pat or