|Beginning at the Beginning
As a parent, you are you child's first and most important teacher. Your home is your child's first school house. Your child will learn more during the early years then any other time in life. How your child grows and learns during these years -- beginning at birth -- will affect his or her later development and success in school.
The Home-School Partnership that Works
Experience has shown that Parents as Teachers can produce confident, competent parents, and happy well-rounded, academically able children. Independent evaluations showed that participating children
- Were significantly more advanced in language development than other 3-year-olds.
- Had made greater strides in problem solving and other intellectual skills.
- Were further along in social development than their peers.
- Were still ahead in first grade.
Parents as Teachers:
- It's Free
- It's for you and your baby
- It's available in you local school district
Free Services and Materials
Parents as Teachers is a voluntary and free program that provides practical, effective help for all Missouri families with children birth to age three. It offers:
- Personal Visits. PAT certified parent educators, trained in child development and home visiting, come to your home. the educators help you understand each stage of your child's development and offer practical tips on ways to encourage learning.
- Group Meetings. Here, you find out that you're not alone. PAT programs schedule times for parents to get together, to gain new insights and to chare experiences, common concerns, and success.
- Screenings. PAT offers periodic screening of overall development, language, hearing, and vision. The goal is to provide early detection of potential problems to prevent later difficulties in school.
- Referral Network. PAT helps families link with special services, if needed, that are beyond the scope of the program.
||Coordinator, P.A.T. Program
||Supervisor ECIA Title I, Special Education, Early Learning Center, P.A.T.
||Educator, P.A.T. Program