What is Parents As Teachers?

Parents As Teachers (PAT) is an early childhood family education program to assist and support families in preparing their children for success in school and beyond.

Give your child the best possible start in life! Join the more than 100,000 families who are benefiting from Parents As Teachers.  Potosi R-III School District's three parent educators currently serve over 200 families.  For more information or to enroll in this free, voluntary program, please call (573) 436-9675.

Babies are born to learn.

In their earliest years, children learn more and at a much faster pace than at any other time in their lives. From the beginning, all parents are teachers. Parents need to know how to make the most of these crucial early-learning years, giving children the best possible start in life.
Scientific evidence confirms the importance of early learning.

Research on brain development shows that beginning at birth the brain uses stimulation from the environment to make itself work. Unless adequately stimulated at the right time, the brain will not get properly "wired" to do certain jobs. If "windows of opportunity" are missed, this "wiring" may happen later only with great difficulty or may never happen at all.

Family education programs that begin at the beginning can make a difference.
Early childhood family education programs are an excellent way to assist and support families in preparing their children for school and life success. Parents As Teachers is an internationally recognized program of this nature that has demonstrated the effectiveness of beginning at birth to empower all parents as their children's first and most influential teachers.
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