Parents as Teachers (PAT)
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an early childhood parent education and family support program available to families in Arapahoe County with children birth to kindergarten that meet specific eligibility requirements (legal presence in the US, income of less than $75,000 or specific risk factors such as developmental delay, single parent, illness in family or referral). The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education. ACECC PAT is an affiliate of PAT National Center.
Being a Parent is Hard Work!
In the first few years, children learn more and at a faster pace than any other time in life. You help shape your child's future through the kinds of experiences you provide. Your baby was born to learn, and as a parent YOU are your child's first and most important teacher.
Parents as Teachers helps
PAT certified parent educators are trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how and why advice for families. By understanding what to expect during each stage of development, you can easily capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance your child's language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills.
As a PAT family you recieve:
- Personal Visits - monthly meetings in your home with a parent educator who will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child and address your parenting concerns. You'll get tips on discipline, toy and book selection, creating a safe and stimulating environment and how to build a happy and healthy parent-child relationship.
- Parent Group Meetings - group opportunities to share information about parenting and child development. Parents learn and support each other.
- Screenings - administered periodically in your home to assess your child's overall development as well as health, hearing and visions
- Resource Network - links your family to other community services
To request an application packet or to make a referral, contact PAT Project Coordinator Michelle Reetz: 720-974-9641 or MReetz@acecc.org.