Parents as Teachers

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Parents as Teachers (PAT)

Parents as Teachers (PAT) can give children and their families the information, support, and encouragement they need for the children to develop to their full potential during the critically important first years of life.

PAT helps parents to obtain health care for their children, understand childhood development and behavior, and use play activities to promote learning. Home visitors screen for child development, health, hearing, vision, and safety needs. PAT helps pregnant women learn about prenatal development, health and nutrition, and help with newborn infant care. Home visitors gather information about child and family needs, and help find community resources. Families typically take part in twice-monthly home visits and may attend parent groups and playgroups. PAT is able to serve families until their child turns six years of age.

The program is funded by multiple sources, including the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program of the Virginia Department of Health, the Williamsburg Health Foundation, Colonial Behavioral Health, James City County, United Way of Greater Williamsburg, and CDR’s Fund for Children.

How Can PAT Help?

A child’s very early years are the most important for learning. PAT helps families overcome obstacles that get in the way of early learning and helps parents develop the skills they need to be their child’s first and most important teacher. Read more on how PAT can help.

Parents as Teachers Resources

The National Parents As Teachers (PAT) website – Provides information about the approach, evaluation, education, curriculum, and much more.


The Comprehensive Health Investment Program (CHIP) of Virginia
 – Provides training and technical assistance to local PAT programs and is the State Office of Parents As Teachers (PAT).

The Virginia Department of Health – Through federal funding, provides information from the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. The website also provides information about childhood health, nutrition, safety, and services.

The PAT program is partially funded by the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV)a program of Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health.

Virginia’s Home Visiting Consortium – A website primarily used by professional home visitors to obtain and track continuing education.

Questions or concerns about your child? Call CDR’s TOTS line at 757-566-TOTS.

¿Tiene preguntas acerca de su bebé o niño? llame al 757-566-3300.