Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families from birth through age 5.
Vision: All children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.
Mission : To provide the information, support, and encouragement that parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
Components of the program include:
- Personal Visits: Personal visits support parents in their parenting role in order to promote optimal child development and positive parent-child interaction. Personal visits with Certified Parent Educators are scheduled and are about an hour in length.
- Group Meetings/Family Events: Group meetings provide opportunities for parents to acquire information about child development, parenting and positive parent-child interaction, while gaining support from each other.
- Screenings: Screenings provide regular information about each child's health and developmental progress, increases parents' understanding of their child's development, and identifies strengths and abilities, as well as areas of concern. Maize Parents as Teachers offers annual screenings to children enrolled in our program. We also offer free vision and hearing screenings at Maize Early Childhood Center.
- Resource Network: The program connects families to needed resources and takes an active role in the community, establishing ongoing relationships with other institutions and organizations that serve families.
Michelle McAllister, PAT Coordinator
9405 W 37th St North
Wichita, KS 67205