Fall Blog Series: Supporting Literacy in Families with Young Children - Part I

For more than 30 years, Parents as Teachers (PAT) affiliates throughout the United States have been implementing PAT’s evidence-based home visiting model. Today, it is one of the nation’s largest evidence-based home visiting parenting education models, and includes home visits, group meetings, health and developmental screenings, and the development of resource networks. Additionally, parent educators utilize the PAT curriculum to promote positive parent-child interaction from pregnancy through Kindergarten.  

The model has four goal areas:

  1. Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices;

  2. Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues;

  3. Prevent child abuse and neglect;

  4. Increase children’s school readiness and school success.

The ultimate long-term outcome of PAT is to build strong communities, thriving families and healthy, safe children who are ready to learn.

The Kansas Parents as Teachers Association (KPATA) has recently teamed up with the Kansas Health Foundation in support of Can’t Wait to Read, a statewide campaign showing parents and caregivers why their kids need to experience reading, starting when they are just a few months old. The campaign also elevates the abundant reading resources available across the state and lets parents know they have what it takes to prepare their children for a successful future. https://readwiththem.org/

Click here for more information about the Kansas Parents as Teachers Association.

Suzanne Myers