Parents as Teachers


Parents as Teachers provides parent education and family support to families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. Through home visits and group meetings parent educators share child development/parenting information and parent-child activities that promote growth and learning.

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Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten.

During regularly scheduled home visits, PAT educators:

  • Help parents understand each stage of their child’s development.
  • Offer practical tips on parent-child interactions that promote learning and positive behaviors.
  • Introduce parents to various community resources that can support them in their most important job, being their child's first and most influential teacher.

Group Meetings offer parents the opportunity to:

  • Connect with other parents of young children.
  • Share successes and concerns.
  • Participate in parent-child activities designed to promote positive family interactions and learning.

Periodic Developmental Screenings are scheduled to ensure that potential problems are detected early so that later difficulties in school can be prevented.

PAT has shared remarkable successes with families in North Carolina and across the country. Overall studies indicate that children whose parents have been through PAT:

  • At age 3 outperform their peers in the areas of language, problem solving and other intellectual abilities, and social development.
  • Score higher on kindergarten readiness tests.
  • Score higher on standardized measures of reading, math and language in first through fourth grades.

Certified Parent Educator (Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.)

For more information or to enroll in Parents as Teachers program please contact Molly McGinnis at 252-441-0614 or email at 

Children and Youth Partnership

534 Ananias Dare Street
(252) 441-0614