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    Parents as Teachers

    Parents as Teachers is a voluntary early childhood parent education program based on the philosophy that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers. The goal of the project is to promote strong, nurturing families through parenting and early childhood intervention programs and services for expectant families and those with children age birth to five years.

    • PAT offers families:
      • Regularly scheduled personal visits by certified parent educators who provide timely information on children’s development,
      • neuroscience findings and its importance on parenting,
      • activities and ways to encourage learning,
      • voluntary group meetings with other parents to share experiences and gain insights
      • periodic screening of children’s development for early detection of problems, and
      • linkage with providers of needed services that are beyond the scope of the program.
    • PAT offers child care providers a voluntary education and support program to build upon and extend the PAT philosophy to focus on the child care provider as teacher.
    • Certified PAT parent educators incorporate information from the following curriculums into home visits and parent support groups: Born to Learn™ Prenatal-Three & Three-K, Supporting Care Providers Through Personal Visits, Issues in Working with Teen Parents, and local Newaygo County PAT birth to five curriculum supplies & materials.
    • Collaborating agencies who provide direct services are NC RESA, District Health Department #10, and Family Health Care. Staff from the Department of Human Services and Community Mental Health provide support services such as parenting training or counseling.
    • Funding is provided through the generosity of the Fremont Area Community Foundation, Early On, and 32P Early Childhood Block Grant.

     For more information please contact us by phone or email.