Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a FREE home visiting program designed to build strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe, and ready to succeed.

PAT services include:

  • Personal visits from a parent educator at least twice monthly
  • Monthly group connections with other PAT families
  • Screenings and assessments to identify developmental concerns
  • Connections to outside resources that families may need to succeed
  • Three program types, which are described at the bottom of this web page.

Click on the extended web menu options above or scroll down to discover the various PAT programs we offer. The flyer below gives general information about this program and our contact information. We invite you to download and share this information with parents who may be interested in participating. Scroll to page 2 of the document for the Spanish version. If you represent a partner agency, find our referral form here.

Parents As Teachers (PAT) Early Head Start

The Parents As Teachers-Early Head Start home-based program connects expectant parents and parents of young children (up to age three) with a trained Early Childhood Specialist through a partnership with Charleston County School District. This model uses the Parents As Teachers curriculum and abides by all Head Start Performance Standards.

Parents As Teachers (PAT) Supporting Care Providers through Visits (SCPV)

The Parents As Teachers Supporting Care Providers through Visits program (SCPV) supports Family Child Care Home providers with research- and evidence-informed information to encourage developmentally appropriate practices. The providers pass this knowledge on to the parents of the children in their care through specifically designed activities.

Parents As Teachers (PAT) Connected Families

Family Preservation Services through the Department of Social Services (DSS). DSS’s Family Preservation Services are short-term, family-focused services designed to help families in crisis by improving parenting and family functioning, while keeping children safe. CCFS works closely with the local DSS office to implement this PAT expansion. Three Parent Educators serve families with children prenatal to age 5 over a 3-year period. Connected Families focuses on the prevention of child abuse/neglect, supporting child development, helping children to remain at home, reunification, and the strengthening of families.