Parents as Teachers (PAT)

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy up until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. PAT is provided at no charge.

Parents are supported by PAT-certified parent educators trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how and why advice for families. By understanding what to expect during each stage of development, parents can easily capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance their child’s language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills.



As a PAT family, you receive

  • Personal visits – Parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns.
  • Group Connections – Families will have opportunities to share information about parenting tips and child development. Parents learn and support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills.
  • Developmental/Health Screenings – Children are assessed on overall development as well as health, hearing and vision.
  • Resources – Families are referred to community resources to promote growth and development.

Referral Forms

Lenoir County



For more information, please contact our Parent Educators by calling Velvet Tyndall at Lenoir County Cooperative Extension Office 252-527-2191.

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