The Parents as Teachers (PAT) model is an evidence-based early childhood home visiting framework for families with children prenatal through kindergarten entry that builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn.
- Personal Visits are designed to meet the needs of each individual family with intensity ranging anywhere from twice monthly to weekly.
- Group Connections are provided monthly to ensure families build social connections with each other and learn new ways to support their child’s development.
- Screening is done on a regular basis for each child’s health and developmental progress.
- Resource and Referral Network connects families to needed resources, strengthening protective factors and fostering positive change.
First Steps PAT programs measure progress through pre/post assessments of parenting skills using the Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale (KIPS) and the Adult-Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI).
- Increase parent knowledge of child development and improve parenting practices
- Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues
- Prevent child abuse and neglect
- Increase children’s school readiness and school success