Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a program designed to promote the early development, learning, and health of children to you, the parent. From birth through kindergarten, parents are equipped with knowledge and resources to prepare their child for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. PAT programs operate in various settings, including schools, hospitals, faith-based organizations and housing communities, and meet during personal visits and in larger groups, to be as welcoming and accessible as possible. For more national information, check out the fact sheets on PAT’s impact on health and PAT’s evidence-based model.
From 2016-2017, 21 PAT programs in the state of Wisconsin served over 1,500 families, over 1,600 children, and provided 25,000 visits to families. We’re expecting to see even greater numbers for the 2017-2018 year, thanks to you.
The Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership’s Home Visiting Program offers Parents as Teachers trainings throughout the year in various locations around Wisconsin. View the Home Visiting Training Calendar for the list of sessions and locations in Wisconsin. Please visit the national Parents as Teachers website for additional national trainings and to register for the Wisconsin trainings.
Numerous PAT affiliations are located around the state of Wisconsin. These organizations go above and beyond to provide the best trainings possible for new and current parents. Please refer to our Wisconsin Affiliate Locations Guide for contact information and more PAT resources. For more information relating to the national Parents as Teachers calendar, programs, or further involvement, please refer to the national Parents as Teachers website.
The Resource Toolkit for Home Visiting and other Early Childhood Professionals contains articles, webinars, websites, books and face-to-face training opportunities on a variety of topics including child development, child health and safety, parenting, and skills for working with families. The national Parents as Teachers website also has a wealth of resources.
For additional information about the Parents as Teachers program, please contact:
Home Visiting National Model Specialist
Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee