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.
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.
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.
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.