Sucess Starts Early
In fact, success and learning begin at birth! Parents are their child’s first and most influential teachers. Families First incorporates the Parents as Teachers (PAT) approach with families, so that each visit has a focus on promoting positive parent-child interactions, discussing development-centered parenting topics as well as addressing overall family well-being.
Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based, federally recognized, voluntary home visiting model that works with expecting families and parents of children ages birth through five years to improve parenting practices and parent knowledge of child development, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children’s school readiness. That means providing the information, support and encouragement that all parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. Our goal is to help parents engage with their children in ways that lead to a lifetime of good health, educational achievement, and future success.
Professional parent educators work with families in their homes, on average twice a month. During each family visit, parent educators work with families in each the following areas:
- Parenting behaviors
- Child development
- Parent-child activities
- Link between child development and parenting
- Developmental topics (attachment, discipline, health, nutrition, safety, sleep, transitions/routines, and healthy births)
- Family strengths, capabilities, and skills
- Protective factors based on the Strengthening Families™ approach
- Community Resources
Families First is providing leadership, training and professional development, and overseeing continuous quality improvement for this national evidence-based home visiting model in Cabarrus County. To learn more about Parents as Teachers, go to www.ParentsAsTeachers.org.
An Introduction to Parents as a Teachers
Formed in 1981, Parents as Teachers today holds to its original vision – that all children will learn, grow, and develop to reach their full potential, and that parents are their earliest and best teachers. Parents as Teachers aims to realize this vision by helping parents positively impact their children’s development, beginning before they are born, so that by the time they reach school age, they will be fully ready to learn.
The Parents as Teachers program is an evidence-based early childhood home visiting framework that builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn.
Parents as Teachers certified parent educators who implement the program emphasize parent-child interaction, development centered parenting and family well-being in their work with families.
There are four interrelated and integrated components of the model: personal visits, group connections, screening and resource network. Together, these form a dynamic package of services. Parents as Teachers serves a range of families with varying needs and offers services throughout the continuum from prenatal to kindergarten entry.
Ultimately, the Parents as Teachers model is a cohesive package of services with four primary goals:
- Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices.
- Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues.
- Prevent child abuse and neglect.
- Increase children’s school readiness and school success.