Parent Resources

Parents as Teachers, an early education and family support program, helps parents give their children the best possible start in life. Educators trained in early education and child development provide resources for parents beginning with pregnancy or birth until the child enters school.

The first years of life are a period of exceptional growth in cognitive, language, motor, emotional, social and physical development. To build the foundation for success in school and life, parents and educators work together using approaches that help children learn how to learn. Some learning skills are inherent and others are developed through a supportive environment and opportunities. The curriculum supports all aspects of childhood development, all elements of early literacy, the value of interactive play and facilitates parent-child interaction.

Components of Parents as Teachers:
Personal Visits: Monthly, bi-weekly or weekly visits are the primary service delivery component. Parent educators share age-appropriate information, help parents learn to observe their child's development, address parenting concerns, and engage the family in activities that provide meaningful parent-child interaction.

Group Meetings: Parents meet at Amarillo I.S.D. campuses and have opportunities to discuss information about parenting issues and child development. Parents learn from and support each other, observe their children play and learn with other children, and practice parenting skills.

Screening: Parent educators conduct annual developmental, health, vision, and hearing screening for early identification of potential developmental delays and/or health, vision and hearing problems.

Resource Network: Parent educators help families identify and connect with needed resources. Programs take an active role in establishing ongoing collaborative relationships with community agencies and organizations that offer additional family services.

Amarillo I.S.D.'s P.A.T. program works closely with the national and state Parents as Teachers organizations to provide the highest quality local program possible for children birth through school entry. Amarillo's P.A.T. program is aligned with the District's instructional methodology, PK-12.

For more information about Parents as Teachers, please contact:
Home Educator, Caprock Feeder Schools Martha Reynoso   806-420-7357 
Home Educator, Palo Duro Feeder Schools Debi Stich   806-672-5412 
Home Educator, Tascosa Feeder Schools Dana Minchew   806-676-2557 

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