Parents as Teachers
Vision: All children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential.
Parents As Teachers (PAT) is an early childhood parent education and family support program which serves families with children from pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. PAT services are currently available in Dallas, Madison, and Warren counties.
All services are offered at no charge to residents. Funding is provided by 4RKids Early Childhood Iowa Area.
Funded by 4RKids
We love our Parent Educator. She offers so much support and encouragement to us. We are very grateful. The program is great and we are so glad we found you!
My Parent Educator really helped me work through and understand my son’s outbursts and behavioral issues. She showed me different methods on how to address them when they would arise. I’ve noticed a huge difference in [my son] for the better from our first PAT visit until now.
- PAT Participant
How Does PAT Work?
The Parents as Teachers program is designed to offer developmental information and support to parents of infants and young children. The goal of the program is to help parents give their children the best possible start in life. Parents as Teachers partners with parents to help each child reach his or her potential. This is done through:
1) Personal visits
At these visits, the parent educator shares age-appropriate child development and parenting information, teaches you how to observe your children, and addresses your parenting concerns.
2) Parent Group Connections
These groups are an opportunity to share information about parenting issues and child development.
3) Developmental Screenings
Developmental screenings are used to assess your child's overall development and provide resources or support if needed.
4) Resource Network
The program also links your family to other community services and resources based on your family's needs.
What can you expect from Parents as Teachers?
• Information on what you can reasonably expect of your child at each stage of development.
• Learning how to be a good observer of your child so you can help them grow and be successful in school and life.
• Ideas on how to play with your child with age-appropriate activities and materials that help them learn.
• To gain the confidence and skills needed to be your child's first and most important teacher.
"The activities help show me how to connect with my children and play instead of just being the strict disciplinarian. My girls are always excited for her to come over. [My Parent Educator] shows me how to relate and talk to my children better. [My Educator] is the BEST! Wonderful program! Thank you for everything!"
- PAT Participant