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Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a parent education program offered in Missouri by your local school district, serving families who are expecting a child or have children under the age of kindergarten entry. A trained parent educator provides home visits with families to promote early learning, knowledge and understanding of child development and assist in building a partnership between families, schools and community resources. 

This evidence-based early childhood program is designed to offer regularly scheduled family personal visits, annual developmental screenings, monthly group connections and access to a network of resources. Together, these four components of PAT support school readiness and provide families, schools and communities the guidance they need to ensure children are able to reach their full potential.

For more information on what PAT can do for children, families, schools and communities click here.


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