Parents As Teachers
Through Parents As Teachers (PAT) we promote optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. We advance the delivery of high quality services for families through a comprehensive system of supports and innovative solutions.
Our internationally recognized network uses an evidence-based model to deliver parent education primarily through personal visits and group meetings. We equip parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children, from prenatal through kindergarten, for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. Parents as Teachers programs operate in various settings, including schools, hospitals, faith-based organizations and housing communities.
Certified parent educators provide in-home visits to families offering health, vision, and developmental screenings of children, one-on-one support for parents and families, and a support network linking them to community resources. This evidence-based program improves parent’s /caregiver’s knowledge of early childhood development and improves parenting practices, provides early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevents child abuse and neglect, and increases children’s school readiness and success. PAT is available to any family with a child – kindergarten age or younger – even expectant parents.
PAT serves more than 195,000 children in all 50 U.S. states, more than 100 Tribal organizations, schools and communities, five other countries and one U.S. territory.
PAT currently has limited openings, parents who are interested in the program can contact Kathy Lacomba at 717-232-9757. Referrals are also welcome – anyone who knows of a family that may benefit from participating is encouraged to call.