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Implementing Parents as Teachers (PAT)®

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Training to Support Implementation

Last Updated

April 2017


Requirements for Program Certification

To become an approved PAT model affiliate, all applicants must (1) contact the PAT National Center or state PAT office to review expectations for fidelity and quality and to assess their fit with the PAT model; (2) submit an affiliate plan that covers program design and services, funding sources, service population, leadership, recruitment and retention, public awareness efforts, and evaluation; (3) receive approval of a final affiliate plan; (4) send parent educators to pre-service training; and (5) have parent educators undergo professional development to renew certification annually.


Pre-Service Staff Training

The PAT National Center requires all parent educators implementing the PAT model to attend and successfully complete a three-day foundational training and a two-day model implementation training. Affiliates that offer services to families with children age 3 years through kindergarten must attend a second foundational training.

The PAT National Center also requires that supervisors complete the two-day model implementation training and recommends that they attend the foundational training.

Additional training might be needed to administer assessments or outcomes measures required by a funder or sponsoring agency.

In addition to the trainings, the PAT National Center offers professional development opportunities for professionals who work with special populations. The trainings are one- or two-day sessions taught by instructors experienced with working with the special populations.


In-Service Staff Training

To renew certification, the PAT National Center requires that parent educators complete a minimum of 20 hours of professional development during the first year, 15 hours the second year, and 10 hours per year thereafter.


Training Materials

Training materials, including the foundational training guides, PAT Toolkit Cards, and Model Implementation Guide, are available to parent educators and supervisors through the PAT National Center.


Qualified Trainers

All training sessions are taught by experienced, certified PAT national trainers with backgrounds in education, human development, or social services; most trainers have delivered PAT or are actively involved in doing so.


Technical Assistance

Technical assistance and implementation support are available to PAT affiliates through the National Center’s Affiliations and Program Support department, which includes PAT state offices and approved regional technical assistance specialists.



The information contained on this page was last updated in April 2017. PAT-/16/7#DeveloperRef">Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the PAT National Center on January 18, 2017. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.