All children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential.
To provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
The work of Parents as Teachers is grounded in these basic beliefs:
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an early childhood parent education and family support program that serves families from pregnancy until the child enters kindergarten. The program provides parents with child development information and parenting support.
Children who participate in PAT:
Parent Educators make regular visits to the homes of participating families. During these visits, Parent Educators provide helpful information on observing and encouraging the child’s development. Information is shared in the form of handouts and developmentally appropriate materials, and honest and frank conversations between parents and the Parent Educator.
During home visits or at a parent’s request, children are screened for hearing, vision, language, dental, nutrition, motor, intellectual and social development. These screenings can help parents identify any potential concern before it becomes an obstacle to the child’s development. If additional help is required, the Parents as Teachers staff will provide referrals to services in the community.
At monthly meetings, parents have the opportunity to meet with experts about early childhood development or enjoy parent/child activities.
The Parent Educator helps link families to other community resources and services.
The Mountain Grove Parents as Teachers (PAT) program helps parents. Being a parent is a hard job, a complicated job and sometimes a lonely job. And, it may be the most important job parents will ever have.
Right from the start, the Mountain Grove School District Parent Educators give parents the knowledge and the skills to do a good job. As their child’s first teachers, parents can make a difference.
Parents as Teachers helps reduce the stress and increase the pleasure of being a parent. The free, voluntary Parents as Teachers program is designed to help district families with children from birth to age 5.