Doddridge County Starting Points
Parents As Teachers
Family Resource Center


Welcome to the Doddridge County Starting Points/Parents as Teachers Family Resource Center information site.

Our chapter of the Starting Points Program has been around since 1999. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of children from as early as pre-natal stages all the way to the age of 18 through Parent Education. We offer home visitations through our Parents As Teachers program, and activities and learning through our Circle of Parents program

The Parents as Teachers Mission:
To provide all parents with research-based child development information, guidance, assistance, and family support to encourage the development of young children.

The Parents as Teachers Vision:
All children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential.

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an in-home family education program that offers free and voluntary support for parents with children from prenatal to kindergarten entry. The program is designed to give all children the best possible start in life. It is geared to help parents make the most of these crucial learning years, by being their child’s first and most important teacher. PAT promotes parent involvement in language and intellectual growth, as well as motor and social skills.

Parents as Teachers is the overarching program philosophy of providing parents with child development knowledge and parenting support. The Parents as Teachers National Center drives that philosophy through four components (personal visits, group connections, screening and resource network) and three key areas of emphasis (parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being).

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Refer to the website for the National Parents as Teachers Center at

Monthly Group Connections - We hold monthly group connections along with our Circle of Parents Group Meetings. These group connections usually have a primary topic as well as an activity for parents and children.

Developmental Screenings - Screenings are provided regularly. Screenings are good for detecting strengths and weaknesses in a child’s development. When red flags are detected referrals are made to an Early Intervention Program for further evaluation and treatment if needed in order to insure Kindergarten readiness.

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