Parents as Teachers

  • What is Parents as Teachers?

    "Parents as Teachers is an excellent program to prepare children - and parents - for school, " said Anna, a Hickman Mills C-1 School District parent. "They have helped me to grow with my children. I read more now; I'm more hands-on with my kids now. We play all types of games and use our imaginations, and we can turn even the basic everyday things, like cooking meals and cleaning the house, into a game now. I wasn't doing those things before Parents as Teachers. Parents as Teachers really taught me how to be a teacher, as well as a parent."


    In the first few years, children learn more and at a faster pace than at 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 (PAT) is a free parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5.


    Parents are supported by PAT-certified parent educators 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, parents can easily capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance their child's language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills.


    As a PAT family, you receive:

    • Personal visits -- during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns.
    • Parent group meetings -- which are opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents learn and support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills.
    • Screenings -- to assess your child's overall development as well as health, hearing, and vision.
    • Resource network -- that links your family to other community services.


    How to contact Parents as Teachers:

    Parents as Teachers is designed to foster strong, loving relationships between parents and their children. You and your baby deserve the support Parents as Teachers offers. Give your child the best possible start in life because your baby was born to learn! For more information about the Hickman Mills PAT program, contact Kelli Washington, HMC-1's Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction, via email at or phone at (816) 316-7033.