What do Parents as Teachers & Teen PAT offer for Families with Children Birth to Three ?

Parents as Teachers (located in the Early Learning Center) is a parent education program for families in the Springfield School District with children prenatal to age three. PAT is grounded in the belief that parents are their children's first teacher and the home a child's first classroom.

PAT helps parents give their children the best possible start in life. There is so much brain growth and development that happens within a child during those early years. PAT would like to partner with you and offer support by helping you to lay down the foundations for later school success.

There is no cost to eligible parents that live within Springfield School District 186.


Families, who become a part of our program, will receive home visits twice a month with a PAT certified parent educator. The parent educator will work with you and your child in their natural environment to develop skills that will prepare for school. Our parent educators are trained in child development and use the Parents As Teachers curriculum.


Learning Together is a great opportunity to join other parents and participate in parent/child activities. We provide a semi-structured schedule that includes circle time, library time, gym time and open play in a classroom setting. This is available for all enrolled families participating in our home visiting program.

Evening Learning Together is open to all parents in the Springfield School District with children 0-3. These parent-child playgroups are scheduled Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm (see ELC calendar) for parents and children to work together in a classroom setting.