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What is Parents as Teachers?

Parents as Teachers is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually at age 5. The program is designed to enhance child development and school readiness through parent education accessible to all families. 

Parents As Teachers Informational Brochure

What is the goal?

To help all children learn, grow and develop to their full potential so that they will be successful in school. The PAT program personal home visits, group meetings, screenings and networking connections offer parent support and understanding of each stage of their child's develoipment.

How does the program work?

  •  Personal visits: During these visits, certified parent educators share age-appropriate child development information with parents, help them learn to observe their own child, address their parenting concerns, and engage the family in activities that provide and capture teachable and meaningful parent/child interaction.
  • Group meetings: Opportunities to share information about parenting issues, child development, and practice parenting skills.
  • Screening: Periodic developmental, health, vision, and hearing screening provides for early identification of developmental delays and health, vision, and hearing problems.
  • Resource referrals: Parent educators help families identify and connect with needed resources. Programs take an active role in establishing ongoing collaborative relationships with other organizations that serve families.

What is the curriculum?

The Parents as Teachers curriculum, through home visits, offers activities for you and your child.  It also supports parents by helping to develop age appropriate goals and to have age appropriate expectations.  It does so by consistently looking at and discussing these four areas of child development.

  • Gross/fine motor development:  Involves the large muscles of the body. 
  • Fine motor development: Involves the small muscles of the body, like the hands and face.
  • Language Development: Expresive language - what a child says. Receptive language - what a child understands.
  • Intellectual Development:   Involves thinking skills: including learning, understanding, problem solving, reasoning and remembering
  • Social-emotional: Involves interacting with others, having relationships, cooperating and responding to the feelings of others.

What does it cost?

There is no cost. Services are provided free of charge to all families in Carroll County.

Is it part of the school system?

The Parents as Teachers program in Carroll County is a partnership of many organizations seeking to enhance school readiness. One of those partners is Carroll County Public Schools and many of the sites are located at schools.


How can I enroll?

Contact the Judy Center Partnership @ 410-751-3613. 

Let us know the name of your local CCPS elementary school and we will have a PAT certified Parent Educator contact you. 
We are looking forward to hearing from you! 


What do Parents have to say about PAT?    

  • “This has really helped me to know what to appropriately expect and not expect of my child at this age.”
  • “I have been able to calm down and just have fun with my child, realizing that she is learning through play and that I do not have to have ‘structured learning time’ at this age.”
  • "The one-on-one support provided by our parent educator has been invaluable.  She has taught me so much and help me become a better parent." 
  • “Having someone take the time to talk with me, one-on-one, about parenting makes me feel useful.”
  • "Discovering new ways to use everyday objects for crafts/learning. Figuring out how to help my child communicate."
  • "Extra resource materials and ideas to expand the children's minds. The group activities really solidified what the goals were and achieved them."
  • "My parent educator has reassured me about my questions and concerns. Not only does she give me ideas about educational activities, she helps me understand what is age appropriate behavior."
  • "The program has taught me new ways and activities to interact with my children. It has also taught my oldest daughter new activities and games to play with her baby sister. "
  • "It has helped me learn about behaviors, why they happen and how to react."
  • "This has given me creative ideas for teaching my granddaughter.  It gives me information on community activities and suggestions on changing specific behaviors."