Uniting Families


The United Way Parents as Teachers (PAT) affiliate program has been serving El Paso families since 2014. The program is part of United Way's goals to ensure all children enter school ready to learn. PAT promotes the optimal early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. 


Those interested in participating in the program must: 

  • Live in El Paso

  • Have a child 0-5 years old; including expectant families 

Participating adults can include the child's parents, grandparents, guardians or caregivers. 

Model Components 

At it's core, Parents as Teachers is relationship-based and parenting-focused. PAT is brought to parents in their homes by trained parent educators whose goal is to help them build on their own strengths -- using the most up-to-date research. In this way, parents become teachers in the normal course of interacting playing with, and enjoying their children, and their children stand a better chance of beginning school fully ready to learn and succeed. 

Personal Visits

Individualized, strength-based visits where parent educators focus on child development and parent-child interaction. Through these monthly visits, families will improve their parenting while children will engage in educational and exciting activities that develop their skills. 

Child Screenings
Resource Network
Group Connections 

Tools to help parents understand their child's development, recognize strengths, and identify areas of concern that might suggest the need for follow-up services. These include overall health, vision and hearing screenings.

A network of community resources that parents can deploy as needed. These resources support self-sufficiency, and impact real and long-lasting change. 

An opportunity for parents to share experiences, discuss concerns, learn from other parents, support one another, observe their child with other children and practice parenting skills. In addition, child development information is shared and social connections between parents are fostered.

Core Values 


Parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.


The early years of a child's life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and in life. 


Established and emerging research is the foundation of our curricula, training, materials and services. 


All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic or economic considerations. 


An understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of diverse cultures is essential in serving families. 

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