Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a unique educational program for parents of young children. A home-school community partnership that works!

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. They learn more from you at home and in their preschool years than they will at any other time in their lives. How your child grows and develops in these years will affect their later development in life.

Did you know...

  • that children learn best from those they love?
  • that children learn fastest and best before they begin school?
  • the remedial efforts, if needed, are most effective when started early?
  • that the day-to-day learning of young children is usually taken for granted, but is the foundation for later learning?
  • that PAT can help YOU and YOUR child get off to the best start?

Who is Eligible

Parents as Teachers is a voluntary program offered at no cost that provides parents with information on child development from prenatal through five years of age.
Where: Parents as Teachers is available to all families in York, Lancaster, Chester and Chesterfield counties
Who: Families can qualify prenatally up to age five
What: Personal Visits

Personal Visits

PAT certified parent educators, trained in child development, help parents understand what to expect at each stage of their child’s development and offer practical tips on ways to encourage learning, manage challenging behaviors, and promote strong parent-child relationships.


PAT offers periodic checkups of overall development, language, hearing and vision. The goal is to provide early detection of potential problems to prevent later difficulties in school.

Having a child can be joyous. At times, though, it can be stressful and difficult. Parents as Teachers is available to help support you through these times. By working together from the beginning, your child can get the best possible start in life!