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Parents as Teachers

What Does Parents As Teachers Do?

In Arkansas, professional parent educators provide parents and caregivers with research-based information and support from pregnancy through kindergarten. We know that the early years of a child’s life are critical for optimal development and we want to help provide the foundation for success in school and in life. We help parents become their children’s first and most influential teachers.

How It Works:

The Parents as Teachers (PAT) approach is to partner, facilitate, and reflect. This approach is done at every level of our organization, from a parent educator visiting a family in their home all the way to the work of the national center. Individuals and organizations who use our curricula benefit from our understanding of the needs of today’s families and children. We know that established and emerging research should be the foundation of parent education services.

The PAT model has four components that all affiliates are required to provide:

  • One-on-one personal (or home) visits with the parent/caregiver and child
  • Group connections (or meetings)
  • Health and developmental screenings for children
  • A resource network for families
Who Does PAT Work With?

The PAT model is designed to serve families from pregnancy until age five. All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic, or economic considerations.

How To Get Started:

Wanda Corney
Arkansas Parents as Teachers State Manager

Email: CorneyWF@archildrens.org

Phone: (501) 364-3671