Parents As Teachers (PAT)

WHAT IS THE PARENTS AS TEACHERS PROGRAM?


The Parents As Teachers Program is a FREE program which offers parents:
  • research-based information on how children grow and develop;
  • types of activities and toys that will foster learning and nurture development;
  • methods of positive discipline; new techniques for problem solving; realistic expectations of child behavior; and
  • attitudes that will raise children's self esteem.
PAT is based on two important concepts:
  • Parents are their child's first and most influential teachers.
  • Experiences in the first years of a child's life are key to future success in school and in life.

WHAT SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED?


Personal Visits: Certified parent educators, trained in child development and home visiting, go to each family's home on a regular basis. Visit times are flexible so that all families can participate.

 

Parent & Child Activities: Playdates are held weekly. Other special events such as field trips to the pumpkin patch and our annual Breakfast with Santa are held seasonally.

 

Developmental Screenings: The developmental screenings serve two purposes: 1) to reassure parents when their child is developing on target, and; 2) to identify problems early to assist parents with appropriate interventions.

 

Newsletter: Parents receive a newsletter informing them of upcoming PAT events and community events.

 

WHAT HAVE RESEARCHERS LEARNED?


  • research suggests that from birth to 3 years and especially the first 6 months of life, the brain goes through the most critical stage of development;
  • by age 3, a child will absorb and recognize about 1,000 words, which is two-thirds of the adult everyday vocabulary; and
  • by the age of 4, a child's brain will have grown to nearly three-fourths of its adult size.

HOW DO I ENROLL?


Please contact the Elsberry PAT office

    1. Dawn Stone, PAT Coordinator
    2. 188 Tomahawk Drive
    3. Elsberry, MO 63343
    4. 573-898-5554 x257
    5. dstone@elsberry.k12.mo.us
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