Parents as Teachers (PAT)®
Last updated: July 2013
Evidence of Model Effectiveness
This model meets the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population, but does not meet the criteria for tribal populations.
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 Model Overview.
This report also includes a review of an adaptation to PAT called Parents as First Teachers (PAFT-New Zealand). 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. As of 2016, implementation support is no longer available for PAFT (New Zealand).
Extent of Evidence
Summary of Findings
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.
Criteria Established by the Department of Health and Human Services
Please read the HHS Criteria for Evidence-Based Models for more information.