Parents as Teachers

At a Glance

National Office: 
2228 Ball Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
Phone: 314 432-4330

Constance Gully
People Served: 
250,000
Year Founded: 
1984
Tax ID: 
43-1569124

Focus area(s):

Early Education

Description

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an evidence-based home visiting model that promotes the optimal early development, learning and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. PAT advances the delivery of high-quality services for families through a comprehensive system of support and innovative solutions.

Parents as Teachers is the trusted resource providing a proven home visiting model for the most respected organizations and professionals who meet the evolving needs of families. PAT's work with the professional community helps young children grow up healthy, safe and ready to learn.

PAT's internationally recognized network of organizations and professionals supports hundreds of thousands of families in all 50 states as well as several other countries through a proven parent education model featuring intimate, in-home visits with parents and children.

Impact and Outcomes

Parents as Teachers impact comes from two primary pathways through which its services are delivered: More than 1,300 Affiliates and more than 1,700 Program Subscribers. By combining these two methods of reaching families, along with partnerships and community outreach programs, PAT is able to touch the lives of tens of thousands of children each year.
Independent evaluations have shown the Parents as Teachers model is effective in increasing parent knowledge of early childhood development, improving parenting practices, providing early detection of developmental delays and health issues, preventing child abuse and neglect and increasing school readiness and success.
Parents participating in PAT are more likely to engage in language and literacy promotion in the home, including reading aloud to their children, telling stories, saying nursery rhymes and singing.
Children participating in PAT score higher on measures of achievement, language ability, social development, prosocial behavior, persistence in task mastery and other cognitive abilities; they also score higher on standardized measures of reading, math and language in elementary grades.

Matching Gift

Anonymous donor provided $100,000 towards a project with a total budget of $380,000. Anonymous donor has stipulated that Anonymous funds cannot exceed 30% of total project expenditures.

Mission & Goals

Our Vision:

All children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

Our Mission:

Parents as Teachers promotes the optimal early development, learning and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.

 

Our Values:

The early years of a child's life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and in life.

Parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.

Established and emerging research should be the foundation of parent education and family support curricula, training, materials and services.

All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic or economic considerations.

An understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of diverse cultures is essential in serving families.

Our Goals:

The Parents as Teachers model has four dynamic components, each closely interrelated and integrated:  personal visits, group connections, child screenings and a resource network. Together, these four components create a cohesive package of services with four primary goals:

 1. Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices.

2. Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues.

3. Prevent child abuse and neglect

4. Increase children’s school readiness and school success.

Program

The Parents as Teachers evidence-based model has four core program components:  personal home visits, group connections, health and developmental screening and a resource network.  In delivering the four components, Parents as Teachers programs emphasize parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being.

Parents as Teachers affiliates are guided in their implementation 17 Essential Requirements (attached).  The Essential Requirements are a subset of a larger set of Parents as Teachers 100 Quality Standards. Together these represent the fundamental expectations for a quality Parents as Teachers affiliate.

The attached Parents as Teachers Logic Model provides a visual description of the Parents as Teachers’ Theory of Change and provides a general picture of how the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model is intended to work to achieve desired outcomes.

The national office provides training, curriculum development, professional development and ongoing  technical assistance to affiliates.  It also supports research and evaluation and advocacy efforts for Parents as Teachers.

Impact

Parents as Teachers serves approximately 250,000 families with young children annually, including more than 210,000 children. PAT Affiliates currently operate in all 50 states and in 5 other countries

A significant proportion of the families served have high need characteristics, including having low incomes, parents that have low educational attainment, teen parents and/or children with disabilities or chronic illness.

PAT is recognized as an evidence-based model by several national and international registries, such as achieving the designation of evidence-based according to the criteria of the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program funded by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Key research findings from numerous independent evaluations of Parents as Teachers include:

 

Parents participating in PAT are more likely to engage in language and literacy promotion in the home, including reading aloud to their children, telling stories, saying nursery rhymes and singing.

Over 75% of PAT parents reported taking their child to the library regularly and modeling enjoyment of reading and writing.

PAT parents show significant improvements in parent knowledge, parenting behavior and parenting attitudes and are more involved in their child’s school.

Teen mothers who received PAT with case management were less likely to be subjects of child abuse investigations.

63% of PAT parents (vs 37% of non-PAT parents) requested parent-teacher conferences.

PAT parents were more likely to enroll their child in preschool, attend parent-teacher conferences and school events, volunteer in the classroom, attend PTA/PTO meetings, talk with their child’s teacher and assist them with homework.

Approximately 23,000 children served by PAT are newly identified with a developmental delay or problems with vision, hearing, or health (including mental health) annually and are more likely to be immunized.

Children participating in PAT score higher on measures of achievement, language ability, social development, prosocial behavior, persistence in task mastery and other cognitive abilities; they also score higher on standardized measures of reading, math and language in elementary grades.

Growth Plan

The Parents as Teachers national center has evolved organizationally as the demand for the Parents as Teachers program has grown nationally and internationally, and continues to do so.  We began with 4 pilot programs in Missouri in 1981, and currently have approximately 2000 affiliates nationally and internationally. 

Organizations officially affiliate with the national center when they elect to implement the model.  They pay an annual affiliation fee which subsidizes the cost of the ongoing technical assistance and other forms of support provided by the national office.

Aspects of our organizational structure that have supported/continue to support our growth:

Training Teams – when PAT first started its exponential growth in the 1990s, the national center helped develop state-based training teams to meet the demand for training and reduce costs for participants.  The national office oversees the training and ongoing professional development of its cadre of trainers.

State Offices – out of the evolution of state training teams also grew the development of state offices.

Currently there are 28 state offices in the United States.  The relationship between the state offices and PATNC is guided by the Covenantal agreement that each state office signs.  There are also national PAT offices in several international settings including Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom.  State (and national) offices are critical to the expansion of PAT.  State offices vary in terms of the supporting organization.  In some cases it is a state department of education; in others some other state level organization or association.  They also vary in terms of whether they provide direct funding for PAT in their state or whether they provide a measure of oversight of the programs and advocacy for home visiting in general or Parents as Teachers in particular.  What all state offices do is serve as an extension of the national center in each state.  They help with the promotion of PAT within the state, which helps drive further expansion.

Association Management Software and an E-business solution -  to better support organizational business processes such as affiliation, certifications, renewal, training, annual reporting, we implemented Association Management Software and an E-business platform in 2012.

Technology Solutions – we have developed the technological infrastructure to provide online training and have digitized the Parents as Teachers Foundational Curriculum.  Educators log in to a portal to access the online training and certified PAT parent educators also access the curriculum this way.  We are also exploring providing a virtual parent education solution.

Quality Assurance Process – the development of Quality Standards and the quality endorsement process, along with a system of technical assistance to support programs in meeting the Quality Standards and earning the quality endorsement from the national center, is a critical component of our organizational structure for growth.  This process ensures that growth is purposeful, and keeps the quality of service delivery at the forefront of that growth.

Professional Development Products and Services  -Through third-party partnerships we will be distributing our professional development curricula and training to new and broader early childhood audiences which will result in new earned revenues that will support general operations.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
2228 Ball Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
Phone: 314 432-4330
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2014

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$575,000
Foundation Grants: 
$488,157
Government Funding: 
$5,976,838
Contributions from Individuals: 
$155,000
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$2,058,410
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$4,315,377
Other Revenue: 
$463,395
Other Revenue (Description): 
This includes investment income and reimbursable expense revenue.
Total Revenue: 
$14,032,177

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$11,004,045
Occupancy: 
$402,329
Travel & Entertainment: 
$567,782
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$208,177
Telephone & Communications: 
$39,750
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$1,580,125
Other Expenses (Description): 

Includes cost of goods sold, depreciation, expenses related to hosting an annual national conference, and other miscellaneous expenses.

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$13,802,208

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$229,969

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2013

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$0
Foundation Grants: 
$0
Government Funding: 
$0
Contributions from Individuals: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$0
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$0
Other Revenue (Description): 
This includes investment income and reimbursable expense revenue.
Special Events: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$0

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$0
Occupancy: 
$0
Travel & Entertainment: 
$0
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$0
Telephone & Communication: 
$0
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$0
Other Expenses (Description): 

Includes cost of goods sold, depreciation, expenses related to hosting an annual national conference, and other miscellaneous expenses.

Total Expenses: 
$0

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$0

Major Funders

AHM Financial Group                    

Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Foundation

Annie E. Casey Foundation              

Anonymous                              

Arizona Community Foundation           

Boeing Company                         

Boeing Employees Community Fund

Books by the Bushel

Cerner Corporation

Cherokee Preservation Foundation       

DataMax

Direct Response Services

Emerson Charitable Trust               

Enterprise Fleet Leasing               

Enterprise Holdings Foundation         

General Mills Foundation               

Goldman Sachs Gives

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Hallmark Stone

Heising Simons Foundation              

Horncrest Foundation, Inc.

Imagery Marketing Group

Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation

Mary Ranken Jordan and Ettie A. Jordan Charitable Foundation

Microsoft

Missouri Foundation for Health                         

Norman J. Stupp Foundation - Commerce Bank, Trustee

Otto Bremer Foundation                                  

PNC Foundation                         

RBO Print Logistix                     

Rural School and Community Trust       

United Way of Greater Atlanta

The Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank, Trustee

Toyota

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

Vucurevich Foundation                  

W.K. Kellogg Foundation