"This program has been the most helpful in teaching us many things about being parents and has introduced us to great people who have helped us prepare a new life."  -Excerpt from PAT Parent Satisfactory Survey

What is Parents as Teachers (PAT)?

The Parents as Teachers (PAT) model is an evidenced based early childhood home visiting framework for families with children prenatal through kindergarten. The program helps build strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn. 


Why PAT is Important!

Parents feel encouraged by parent educators to strengthen relationships with their children, motivated to try new parenting strategies and parent educators help them to understand their child's development. 


Program Components

  1.  Personal Home Visits are designed to meet the needs of each individual family with intensity ranging anywhere from twice monthly to weekly. 

  2. Group Connections are provided monthly to ensure families build social connections with each other and learn new ways to support their child's development. 

  3. Screening is done on a regular basis for each child's health and developmental progress. 

  4. Resource and Referral Network connects families to needed resources, strengthening protective factors and fostering positive change.

Teen and young parents are recruited through our relationships with the Darlington County School District's Office of Adult Education, local high schools, and DCCAA Head Start. We accept referrals from other partners as well. 40% are enrolled in local high schools. 


PAT Results

  • Increases parent knowledge of child development and improves parenting practices

  • Provides early detection of developmental delays and heath issues 

  • Prevent child abuse and neglect

  • Increases children's school readiness and school success





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