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Parents As Teachers

Nell Holcomb R-IV

 Parents as Teachers

Jennifer Conklin and Stephanie Byrd, Parent Educators

jconklin@nellholcomb.k12.mo.us; sbyrd@nellholcomb.k12.mo.us


Why enroll in PAT?

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher.  You begin teaching your baby during pregnancy through your touch and your voice.  From the start, you shape your child's future by providing a variety of experiences.  Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a family education and support program that begins prenatal and extends through age 5.

In PAT, you are supported by certified parent educators who use the Born to Learn Curriculum that translates scientific information on early brain development into concrete suggestions on ways to teach and nurture your child.

If you are interested in the Parents as Teachers program please call 334-3644 or e-mail jconklin@nellholcomb.k12.mo.us or sbyrd@nellholcomb.k12.mo.us.

Benefits of PAT

In the first few years, children learn more and at a faster pace than at any other time in life.  Through PAT, parents acquire knowledge and skills to make the most of these crucial, early learning.  The program provides timely information on child development and neuroscience research; involves you in parent-child activities that encourage language development, intellectual growth, social developments and motor skills; and strengthens your relationship with your child.

A program that works!

Independent evaluations of the PAT program have shown:

PAT children

  •  At age 3 are significantly more advance in language, social development, problem solving and other cognitive abilities.

  •  Score higher on kindergarten readiness test and on standardized measures of achievement in early grades.

PAT parents

  •  Are more involved in their children's schooling.  Parental involvement is key to children's success in school

  • Are more confident in their parenting role and read more to their children.

PAT Families Receive

Personal Visits:  Certified Parent Educators trained in child development and home visiting come to your home. The educator helps you understand each stage of your child’s development and offer practical tips  on ways to encourage learning.                                                                                                                                    

Group Meetings:  Is an opportunity to learn and share information about parenting issues and child development with other parents.                                                                                                    

Screenings: PAT offers periodic screening of overall development, language, hearing and vision. The goal is to provide a clear understanding of your child’s growth and development.                                                                                                                                                               

Resources: PAT helps families link with special services, if needed, that are beyond the scope of this program.




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