Harrison County
Parents As Teachers

About Us


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).

If you are pregnant or if you have children under age 5, you can enroll today!

Refer to the website for the National Parents as Teachers Center at www.ParentsAsTeachers.org

Contact this program for information about Play Groups.

Monthly Group Meetings – Topics regarding child development, healthy lifestyles and safety issues are discussed in a group setting with fun family activities.

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.