Families & Communities (Birth - 3 Years of Age):
Parents As Teachers
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an evidence-based home visiting model that has been a part of Delaware for the last 30 years. PAT provides optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their family through home visits. It is a statewide program serving children birth through the age of five focusing on school readiness. The goals for the program are to:
- Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices
- Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues
- Prevent child abuse and neglect
- Increase children’s school readiness and school success.
The Delaware model for PAT is based out of the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) due to one of the main goals consisting of school readiness and school success. Delaware DOE must request responses to proposals for programs to provide the PAT model across the state. As part of the PAT model, group connections are key in providing the social support to the families. Currently, there are three organizations in the state that are receiving state funds to implement the Parents as Teachers model.
Kent & Sussex County:
New Castle County:
There are many ways a family can be eligible for Parents as Teachers. Here are a few examples of identified risk factors for a family to be eligible for services:
- Teen parent
- Low income
- Homeless or unstable housing
- Low educational attainment
If you would like more information or if you think you are eligible to receive services, please email the Office of Early Learning.
For more information about the Parents as Teachers program, please visit the Parents As Teachers website.