Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an early childhood family education program to assist and support families in preparing their children for success in school and beyond, beginning prenatal and extending to age 5.


All children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential.


To provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

Program Goals

  • Increase children's school readiness and school success
  • Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices
  • Prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues

Included in the Program

As a Parents as Teachers family you receive:

  • Parent Group Meeting - which are opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents learn and support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills.
  • Personal visits - during which your certified parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns.
  • Screenings - to assess your child's overall development as well as health, hearing, and vision. Resource network - that link your family to other community services.


You and your baby deserve the support Parents as Teachers offers. Give your child the best possible start in life because your baby was born to learn. Join the more than 100,000 families who are benefiting from Parents as Teachers. Call Mills County Parents as Teachers at 712-527-9699 or email Kim Frink for more information.

(Parents as Teachers is funded by Boost4Families, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, and Mills County Public Health)

Parents as Teachers