To become an approved Parents as Teachers model affiliate, all applicants must (1) contact the Parents as Teachers National Center or state Parents as Teachers office to review expectations for fidelity and quality and to assess their fit with the Parents as Teachers 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 to become certified; and (5) have parent educators undergo professional development to renew certification annually.
Implementing Parents as Teachers (PAT)®
Implementation last updated: 2019
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Training to support implementation
Pre-service staff training
The Parents as Teachers National Center requires all parent educators and supervisors implementing the Parents as Teachers model to attend and successfully complete a three-day foundational training (Foundational I) and a two-day model implementation training. Parent educators are certified after completing the trainings. Parent educators must renew their certification annually by completing 20 hours of professional development, reviewing the Parents as Teachers core competencies with their supervisor, and having at least one home visit observed by their supervisor.
Affiliates that offer services to families with children age 3 years through kindergarten entry must attend a second (Foundational II) training.
Additional training might be needed to administer assessments or outcomes measures required by a funder or sponsoring agency.
In-service staff training
To renew certification annually, the Parents as Teachers National Center requires that parent educators complete a minimum of 20 hours of professional development.
The Parents as Teachers 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.
The information contained on this page was last updated in October 2019. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the Parents as Teachers National Center on May 6, 2019. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.