This program model meets the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model.”
The goal of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is to provide parents with child development knowledge and parenting support, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children’s school readiness. The PAT model includes one-on-one home visits, monthly group meetings, developmental screenings, and linkages and connections for families to needed resources. Parent educators conduct the home visits using structured visit plans and guided planning tools. Local sites offer at least 12 hour-long home visits annually with more offered to higher-need families. PAT serves families for at least two years between pregnancy and kindergarten. PAT affiliate programs select the target population they plan to serve and the program duration. For more information, please read the Program Model Overview.
This report also includes a review of an adaptation to PAT called Parents as First Teachers (PAFT). The New Zealand Ministry of Social Development’s Family and Community Services created this adaptation of PAT to specifically meet the needs of their indigenous populations.
For more information, see the study database. For more information on the criteria used to determine the study ratings, please read Producing Study Ratings.
Please read Describing Effects for more information on these categories. Only results from studies that meet the standards for the high or moderate ratings are included above.
Please read the DHHS Criteria for Evidence-Based Program Models for more information.