Parents as Teachers is a free and voluntary early-learning program for all parents with children birth to age 5 (pre-kindergarten).
Some of the services offered are:
- Personal visits for families with children prenatal to kindergarten age.
- Developmental screening for children 4 months to kindergarten age.
P.A.T. offers free home visits for children ages birth - kindergarten age. Prenatal visits are also available. During a home visit (which lasts an hour) certified parent educators bring activities, handouts & developmental information to parents.
While doing the activities with the child & parent, parent educators are able to show how the activity stimulates & focuses on a developmental stage of the child (such as intellectual, language, social/emotional, gross & fine motor areas). Each parent educator strives to make the home visit a wonderful, enjoyable & worthwhile learning experience for children & parents.
The handouts parents are given have valuable information on issues parents may have at the age level of the child (such as temperament, sleep concerns, choosing daycare, baby proofing the home, siblings, health concerns, teething, dealing with stress, potty training, and developmental activities).
During the home visits, parent educators are able to do a free developmental screening of children starting at age 4 months through 35 months.
Screenings for children 36 months through kindergarten age take place at New Trails Early Leaning Center. Following a screening, parents may request that their child is considered for placement at New Trails Early Learning Center.
This free development screening gives parents valuable information about how their child is developing in motor, language, social & cognitive areas. Hearing & vision screenings are also included in this free service. Parents receive a personal conference and written summary of the screening results. During the conference, suggestions will be given for activities to enhance the child's learning.
Please call 816.268.7202 for your appointment.