• Neuroscience + Development

    Recent neuroscience research on brain development demonstrates how early experiences shape the way children learn, think and behave for the rest of their lives.

    Parents play a critical role in providing these important experiences.

    Parents As Teachers has been committed to evaluating the effectiveness of the program since its inception in 1981. 

    Studies show that:

    • PAT children at age three were significantly more advanced in language, problem solving and other intellectual abilities and social development than comparison children.
    • PAT parents were more knowledgeable about child rearing practices and child development.
    • PAT children scored significantly higher on standardized measures of reading and math at the end of first grade than did comparison children.
    • More than one-half of the PAT children with observed developmental delays overcame them by age three.
    • PAT children scored high on measures of complex and challenging tasks.
    • Overall, the relative level of achievement children demonstrated at age three on completion of the PAT program was maintained in the first (or in some cases second) grade. This held true despite broad diversity in children’s experiences with pre-school, child care, kindergarten and primary grades.
  • School Readiness Research

    Parents as Teachers helps all children enter school ready to learn.
  • How does PAT help parents?

    PAT focuses on the early years, prenatal through kindergarten entry, to help parents understand what to expect during each stage of their child’s development. PAT-certified parent educators offer parents practical ways to encourage learning, manage challenging behavior, and promote strong parent-child relationships.

    How does PAT help children?

    In their beginning years, children learn more at a much faster pace than at any other time in their life. Through PAT, parents acquire the skills to help make the most of these crucial early-learning years. Later schooling cannot fully compensate for lack of intellectual stimulation and emotional nurturing in the early years. Investing in good beginnings for children can pay long-term dividends for families, schools and society.

    What do evaluation studies show us about PAT?

    Since its inception, PAT has been carefully evaluated. Significant findings attest to its benefits.

    Independent research studies have shown that:

    • Children who participate in PAT are significantly advanced over their peers at age three in language development, problem-solving and social skills
    • Early strides made in the PAT program carry over into the elementary years
    • Parent knowledge of child development increases significantly for all types of families
    • Parents are significantly more involved in their child’s schooling
  • Summary Findings for PAT

    Learn about the research and program quality.

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