A Parent Education and Support System that Works




Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an early childhood parent education and family support program designed to empower all parents to give their child the best possible start in life.




Parents As Teachers


Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an award winning parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten.  The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families.  The Parents as Teachers Born to Learn™ model offers families personal visits by certified parent educators; group meetings; developmental, health, hearing and vision screening; and linkage with community resources.  It is a universal access model that is adaptable to the needs of diverse families, cultures and special populations.




Neuroscience-Infused Curriculum Features:


»   Detailed personal visit plans designed in weekly, bi-weekly and monthly formats that include research- based information on how to encourage language, intellectual growth, physical, and social-emotional skills.

»   Parent handouts that integrate neuroscience with child development information written on two reading levels.

»  Comprehensive prenatal information to assist expectant parents with ensuring optimum fetal growth and development.

»  Resource materials for parent educators that include information on: neuroscience; developmental, hearing, vision, and health screenings; and parent-child activities to enhance interaction and increase learning.

»  Suggested topics and activities for parent group meetings.










Adaptability is the key to the success of Parents as Teachers.  While it is a national model with cutting-edge curriculum and a professional training program, it is truly a local program.  As shown in the findings of Parents as Teachers evaluation studies and lessons learned from the field, the program is adaptable to the needs of broadly diverse families, cultures and special populations. Click here to go to Arkansas Parents As Teachers.











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Parents As Teachers

Parents as Teachers is an award-winning
early childhood parent education program
that supports parents in their role as their
child’s first and most influential teachers.

Visit the Arkansas PAT site HERE.




Components of the
JCCSI / PAT Program


Personal visits

Group meetings

Developmental Screening

Resource network

Emergency diapers, formula and baby food

Book lending library for parents, children and childcare providers

ChildCare Resource Center

Parent Newsletter

Play/Learn Center

Play and Learn Days

Trainings, Workshops