Parents as Teachers (PAT)
What is P.A.T.?
Parents as Teachers is a parent education and support program for families with children from birth to three years old as well as expectant parents. It is designed to guide you as a parent to be able to support your child so they learn, grow and develop to realize his/her full potential.
Any family in the West Aurora district can take advantage of these services for FREE.
All children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.
To provide the information, support and encouragement to parents to nurture and guide their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
- The early years of a child's life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and in life.
- Parents are their children's first, forever, and most influential teachers.
- Established and emerging research should be the foundation of parent education and family support curricula, training, materials and services.
- All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic or economic considerations.
- An understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of diverse cultures is essential in serving families.
Group meetings provide you and your child(ren) with parent/child activities where you can join with other parents as you discover more about your child's development. Our group meetings are geared toward families with infants to children three years of age. Some of our popular past group connection events have included Santori Library and petting zoo. See details on this year's events on the "Group Connections".
Developmental screenings offer parents a quick and effective way to look at how your child is learning and growing in the areas of health, vision, hearing, communication, physical development, problem solving and social/emotional development. When you are receiving visits with a parent educator, your screenings will occur in your home. For more information about screening including the screening tools used, visit the "Screening" page.
Partner with families to identify formal and informal resources that address your needs and empower you as a parent. Resources can assist you by gaining support that will lead to your family's success and increase self-sufficiency.