Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an in-home visitation program for parents with children ages birth to age 5. The PAT program provides parents with child developmental knowledge and parenting support, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children’s school readiness. The PAT model includes one-on-one home visits, monthly group meetings, developmental screenings, and a resource network for families. Parent Educators conduct the home visits using structured visit plans and guided planning tools. PAT Educators offer at least 12 one-hour home visits annually (more are offered to higher-need families) and offer a monthly Group Connection for PAT families. PAT serves families for at least two years between pregnancy and kindergarten entry. PAT Educators provide parents with information on child development and suggests learning opportunities that encourage the development of language, intellect, and physical and social skill.
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