Being a parent (parents include people with relationships to children which may be biological, adoptive, foster, and might be grandparents, older siblings, or other adults who create a family for a child) is the most important and sometimes hardest job anyone will ever have.
Parents want what is best for children: a loving family, good health, a quality education, to grow up in a safe and caring community, and perhaps most importantly, hope for a bright future. Parents as Teachers (PAT) programs provide parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a strong start in life and great success in school.
PAT is a leader in the field of early childhood parent education and family support, providing an evidence-based model for serving families throughout pregnancy into the child’s first year of school. Founded in Missouri in 1984, PAT is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 250,000 families in all 50 U.S. states, more than 100 Tribal schools and communities, and six countries.
PAT’s affiliate programs deliver services that equip parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children to learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential. Pennsylvania Parents as Teachers (PA PAT) is part of the international Parents as Teachers program.