The program is a evidence-based, research informed model comprised of the four critical inter-related components home visitation (personal visits), group interactions, developmental and health screenings (and family assessments) and resource referrals to ensure effective connections to basic needs, health, education, cultural, social and recreational services in the community. PAT parent educators visit regularly with families from before a child is born through the first year of school.
The early years of a child’s life are critical for brain development and provide the foundation for success in school and in life. During this time, children’s parents are their most influential teachers. Parents as Teachers mission is to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children grow up healthy, safe and ready to learn.
The PAT curriculum content is based on current research in the areas of child development, neuroscience and Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework. With a commitment to continuous quality improvement the organization regularly updates the content of the materials, as well as the guidance for delivering high quality early childhood and parenting information to families, in order to incorporate best practices based on research and evaluation.
Well-designed independent research studies over the years have consistently confirmed the effectiveness of PAT in improving children’s development across multiple domains, increasing their school readiness and improving parent knowledge of early childhood development and parenting practices, identifying delays and health issues, and preventing child abuse and neglect.