The Texas Parents as Teachers (TXPAT) State Office supports Texas affiliates of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) National Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. The State Office is a program of Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. PAT provides parents with child development knowledge and parenting support, screens early for developmental delays and health issues, prevents child abuse and neglect, and increases children's school readiness. Learn more about TXPAT by clicking on the logo at the bottom of every page.
Texas Parents as Teachers has been serving families since 1986. In Texas, there are currently 48 affiliates serving over 7,000 families. Texas Parents as Teachers affiliates receive funding from a variety of sources, including school districts, nonprofits, and government programs. Visit our About page for more information.
What is PAT?
The Parents as Teachers program is an evidence-based early childhood home visiting framework that builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Parents as Teachers certifies professional parent educators to implement the program. Educators emphasize parent-child interaction, development centered parenting and family well-being in their work with families.
The Parents as Teachers model has four components: personal visits, group connections, screenings, and resource referrals. Together, these form a dynamic package of services. Parents as Teachers serves a range of families with varying needs and offers services to families with children at any point from the prenatal period through kindergarten. For more information, visit the National Parents as Teachers website at parentsasteachers.org.