Parents as Teachers is based on the philosophy that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers.  Involvement in the program helps parents acquire the skills they need to help make a positive impact during the crucial early-learning years, pre-natal to age six.  Through the combined use of personal visits, group connections, periodic developmental screenings and a community resource network parents build their capacity to support their child’s development in a safe, nurturing environment and to ensure that their child demonstrates the skills, behaviors and abilities needed to be ready for school, ready for life.

Personal Visits

Since this is YOUR child and YOUR family, you set the agenda for each personal visit.  Your Parent Educator is there to provide well-researched information to help you make good parenting decisions, and to provide concrete support for you in times of need.

  • Personal visits are usually conducted in the family’s home; virtual visits are available during times of a health crisis, inclement weather or family illness. 
  • Together look at your child’s development and talk about the parenting challenges you face right now.
  • Think about family dynamics impacting your child’s development, your parenting values and decisions.
  • Build strong protective factors to keep you, your child and your family healthy, strong and resilient. 
  • Share age-appropriate parent-child activities that encourage early literacy skills and nurtures child development

Group Connections

Group Connections create a network for you and other parents to learn and support each other and grow together as parents. 

  • Community Field Trips/Events – hosted event or organized outings to build community awareness
  • Family Activity – active learning opportunity for parents with their children
  • Presentation – Parent focused gathering to discuss learn about a specific parenting topic.  Child care provided
  • Ongoing group – small groups of parents facing a similar issue meet to share and encourage each other.

Screenings

Regular screenings during your visits will make sure your child is healthy, safe, and developing on track.

  • Parents participate in the screening process
  • Strengthen child observation skills
  • Developmental milestones are monitored

Community Resources

Need more help or a specific resource?  Your Parent Educator will work to match concerns and needs to available community resources when services beyond the scope of the program are needed to meet goals and assist with family needs.

  • Parents participate in the screening process
  • Strengthen child observation skills
  • Developmental milestones are monitored