Our Programs

Parents as Teachers

A child’s early years are the most important for learning.

Parents as Teachers (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. 

PAT can assist with: 

  • Eating/nutrition
  • Household routines
  • Car seat safety
  • Finding hazards
  • Preparing for emergencies
  • First aid
  • Play and development
  • Child behavior
  • Language
  • Thinking skills
  • Movement
  • Determining family needs
  • Setting goals and steps

Who

PAT helps parents learn how to be their child’s best teacher and is able to serve families until their child turns six years of age.

What

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.

Where

Families typically take part in twice-monthly home visits and may attend parent groups and playgroups.

How

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 also helps pregnant women learn about prenatal development, health and nutrition, and help with newborn infant care.

Home visitors gather information about your child and family needs, and help find community resources such as:

  • Doctors/health care
  • Immunizations
  • Insurance
  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Food, clothing, supplies
  • Child care/ preschools
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • School or trade

Parents can help by: 

  • Watching/ observing
  • Listening/ learning
  • Thinking/problem solving
  • Participating
  • Communicating
  • Being open
  • Attending parent/playgroups
  • Attending events
  • Giving feedback
  • Helping other families

Circle of Parents provides a friendly, supportive environment led by parents and other caregivers. It’s a place where anyone in a parenting role can openly discuss the successes and challenges of raising children. It’s a place where they can find and share support. CDR’s group is focused on supporting parents of children ages 3 to 6 years. 

For more information, email Nick Corsi or Amanda Wheeler

or call

757.566.3300

Stay In Touch

Child Development Resources
150 Point O’Woods Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
Mail Address: P.O. Box 280, Norge, VA 23127

Training Department/Center for Professional Development
210 Packets Court, Williamsburg, VA 23185
p: 757.378.3177

First Steps Child Care & Development Centers

Griffin-Yeates Learning Center
1490 Government Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
p: 757.220.1168

Lafayette High School Center
4460 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
p: 757.564.0410

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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.

hours

Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

contact

p: 757.566.3300
f: 757.566.8977
e: info@cdr.org