Since the early 1980's, Parents as Teachers (PAT) has been an international leader in the field of early childhood parent education and family support, providing a model for serving families throughout pregnancy until their children enter kindergarten, usually age five. The PAT curriculum content is based on current research in the areas of child development, neuroscience and strengthening families protective factors. The curriculum and training address what reliable research has identified as the essential components of school readiness and child abuse prevention. Throughout their 25 year history, the organization has continually updated the content of their materials, as well as the guidance for delivering high quality early childhood and parenting information to families, in order to incorporate best practices based on research and evaluation.
Leading early childhood education and child development organizations and professionals seek out PAT curricula and training because it easily integrates into other services they may be providing, allowing them to tailor information to the specific needs of any family and provide practical, hands-on application for parents in real-world situations. Beginning in January of 2011, PAT will again be implementing changes to their model that will ultimately offer better outcomes for children and families.
For more information, please visit http://www.center-school.org/pa-pirc/parents-as-teachers.php