PAT is a voluntary early-learning program for parents with children birth to kindergarten age. It is based on the belief that parents are their child's first and most important teachers.The goal of Parents As Teachers is to help all parents give their children the best possible start in life.
To provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
- Personalized home visits by a certified parent educator who offers information on child development and ways to encourage learning (prenatal - age 5 only).
- Group meetings with other parents to share experiences, gain new insights, and talk about topics of interest.
- Periodic screening of general development, language, hearing, and vision. The goal is to provide early detection of potential problems to prevent difficulties later.
- Linkage of families with other community services, if needed, that are beyond the scope of the program.
- Program newsletters with helpful ideas and information.
Who Should Participate
PAT is designed to serve all families, because all parents want the best for their children. Any parent who is a resident of the Grandview school district with a child from birth to kindergarten age may take advantage of the program. The program meets the needs of all parents: new parents, first-time parents, more than one child parents, single parents, and teen-aged parents. PAT is for parents who want to enjoy and enrich their child's growth and development.
United Way Success By Six Program
This is the nation’s largest network of early childhood coalitions, focused on improving school readiness through community change. In more than 350 communities or states, Success By 6® (SB6) coalitions are changing the way things work so young children can come to school ready to succeed. The Success by 6 Resource Center has a wide variety of toys and books that may be checked out free of charge.