November 8th: Home visiting programs recognize parents as teachers
November 8th marks Parents as Teachers Day, an opportunity to recognize organizations providing Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visiting services around the country!
PAT is an evidence-based home visiting model designed to support parents as their child’s best first teacher. PAT aims to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices. Through home visits and ongoing assessment, parent educators are able to provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, while preventing child abuse and neglect and increasing children’s school readiness and school success.
The PAT model has four dynamic components: personal visits, group connections, child screenings, and resource and referral. Together these components create a cohesive package of services for families with young children.
The Office of Early Childhood provides funds from the federal Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program to Parent Possible, the state’s intermediary responsible for supporting local implementation of PAT home visiting across Colorado.
Visit ParentPossible.org for PAT locations or to learn more about the program.