Parents As Teachers (PAT) is an in-home family support program serving Des Moines county. Funding for the program is through Early Childhood Iowa, the Iowa Department of Human Services and Prevent Child Abuse Iowa.
Vision: that all children will learn, grow and develop to reach their full potential, and that parents are their earliest and best teachers.
At its core Parents as Teachers is relationship-based and parenting-focused. PAT is brought to parents in their homes by trained Parent Educators whose goal is to help them build on their own strengths using the most up-to-date research on brain science, child development and early learning as they interact with their children.
PAT serves children prenatal through five and incorporates the following components:
- Personal Home Visits by a Certified Parent Educator
- Developmental Screening
- Group Connection Events
- Resource Network
- Family Goal Setting