Parents as Teachers is designed to assist all families with children from birth to three in becoming their children's first teachers. Babies begin learning at birth. The way a child grows and learns during the early years of life can have an enormous impact on later development in school and in life. By assisting parents in teaching children during those most important first years of life, Parents as Teachers can help parents understand more about how children grow and learn.
Can Parents as Teachers Make a Difference?
Experience has shown that parents who are provided with developmental information, individual support and group opportunities become more confident and competent in their parenting skills which in turn helps children become well-rounded and ready for school. Recent research confirms parent's confidence in the program's effectiveness and long-term benefits.
What does Parents as Teachers Offer?
Personal Visits-Personal visits offer parents timely information about each stage of their child's development and learning.
Playgroups-Scheduled Playgroups with other parents provides opportunities to gain new insights and to share common experiences.
Screenings-Periodic screenings help assess overall development in language, social, intellectual, motor skills and health.
Networking links families with community resources and services beyond the scope of the PAT program.
Being a Parent is Hard Work!
In the first few years of their lives, children learn more and at a faster pace than at any other time. You help shape your child's future through the kinds of experience you provide. Your baby was born to learn, and, as a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher.
Parents as Teachers Mission
To provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
For more information about this program please contact:
USD PAT Coordinator/Educator