The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is an evidence-based home visiting curriculum that provides in-home instruction from birth through kindergarten to enhance child development, parenting behaviors and family well-being through development-centered parenting and parent-child interactions. WithCCIF funding, CCPS became a nationally recognized PAT Affiliate Program in May 2018. This program allows for additional families that may not meet the criteria for the Healthy Families Calvert County (HFCC) program to receive home visiting services. The PAT Program, unlike HFCC, allows families to enroll beyond the age of three months and mothers can have multiple children. Additionally, this program allows for more intensive services and case management with a designated FSW with a capped caseload for this high risk population.
The goal of the PAT program is to provide parents with knowledge about child development and parenting support, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children’s school readiness. The FSW provides one-on-one home visits, monthly group meetings, developmental screenings, and linkages and connections for families to needed resources. Home visits with families are scheduled two times per month, with the number of visits gradually decreasing as the family transitions into other services. Based on the PAT model, the program offers services to the family for a minimum of two years.