Parents as Teachers National Center

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a national award-winning non-profit parent education and family support organization. Through a network of local programs, the Parents as Teachers National Center develops curriculum, trains, and certifies parent educators to work with parents to provide them with parenting support and information on their developing child. The program's core components consist of personal visits, group meetings, developmental screenings and linkages to a network of community resources.

Research indicates there are "windows of opportunity" during the early years of a child's life when learning takes place more easily. Through a collaboration with a team of neuroscientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, PAT developed a comprehensive neuroscience-enriched curriculum. With this research-based curriculum, PAT focuses on these early years, prenatal to kindergarten entry, to help parents understand what to expect during each stage of their child’s development. PAT-certified parent educators offer parents practical ways to encourage learning, manage challenging behavior, and promote strong parent-child relationships.

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Sue Stepleton Named President/CEO Of Parents As Teachers National Center, Inc.
14 Nov 01 | ST. LOUIS, MO, November 14, 2001 - Susan S. Stepleton has been named the President and Chief Executive Officer of Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc. (PATNC) effective February 2002. Stepleton is currently executive director of Edgewood ...

Early Childhood Program Celebrates Parents As Teachers Day With A National Community Play Day
07 Nov 01 | ST. LOUIS, MO, November 7, 2001 - The Parents as Teachers (PAT) National Center, Inc. announces the first annual Parents as Teachers Day on November 8, 2001. Local PAT programs around the globe will be joining in celebration of National Parents ...

Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond announces new early childhood initiatives including funding for St. Louis-based Parents as Teachers Program
16 Feb 01 | Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc. (PATNC) publicly acknowledged Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond at a reception today at the PATNC headquarters in Creve Coeur. The senator announced new early childhood initiatives, including funding for the...



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