Parents as Teachers (PAT)
“The PAT model for providing services to families with children from the prenatal period to kindergarten has been tested by rigorous peer-reviewed studies and shown to produce results. For example, these studies show that children score higher on measures of achievement, language ability and measures of school readiness.”
Constance Gully, CEO Parents as Teachers
Being a parent is the most important and sometimes hardest job anyone will ever have. Parents* want what is best for children: a loving family, good health, a good education, a safe and caring community to grow up in and perhaps most importantly, hope for a bright future. Parents as Teachers (PAT) programs provide parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school.
The Center for Schools and Communities (CSC) maintains the State Office for PAT in Pennsylvania. CSC is responsible to develop, support and sustain high quality PAT programs by promoting fidelity to the PAT model, providing technical assistance to programs to support excellent, comprehensive services for all families, overseeing and guiding programs to achieve the PAT outcomes, and advocating for availability and accessibility of quality early care and education programs for families in the state.
In 1992, the first Pennsylvania funded Parents as Teachers (PAT) programs were implemented in 13 newly created family centers, by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Today, PAT is being used by family centers and in other settings for a total of 55 organizations some operating multiple program sites.
PAT affiliates may offer additional family support services but maintain the same evidence-based PAT services.
PAT affiliates are housed in various types of organizations including county children and youth agencies, health programs, schools, and private nonprofit family support organizations. PAT affiliate programs have different homes in their communities which may include additional family support services but maintain the same evidence-based PAT services.
PAT services are funded through:
- Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)
- Office of Children Youth and Families (OCYF)
- Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) administered through OCDEL
- Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund
- County Children and Youth Agencies
- Health Services
- Local fundraising efforts
* Parents include people with relationships to children which may be biological, adoptive, foster, and may be grandparents, older siblings or other adults who create a family for a child.