When considering starting a Parents as Teachers site in your community, it is important to reach out to the Texas Parents as Teachers State Office for assistance and the latest training information. Please email txpat@txpat.org for more information. Below is a basic guide to starting a Parents as Teachers site and useful links as you begin the process. 


  1. Review the PAT Model

    Parents as Teachers has provided three key documents for communities or organizations to review before starting a program. These include the PAT Logic Model, 2017/2018 Essential Requirements, and Quality Assurance Guidelines. They contain information regarding how PAT is designed and the requirements for being an Affiliate of PAT. Click here to view these documents. 

  2. Complete the Affiliate Plan

    There are two documents provided by the National Parents as Teachers center: the Affiliate Plan and a guide for completing the plan. The plan includes information on how the program is designed to function, how staff are hired, and how the program will be paid for by the organization. Both documents are accessible on the National website or below:

    Guidance for Completing Your Affiliate Plan   |   Affiliate Plan (Make sure to download the PDF to your computer before completing.)

  3. Complete the Budget Tool

    Affiliates are responsible for planning and executing a budget for the Parents as Teachers program. The budget tool helps potential sites consider the costs associated with starting a program for proposal to Parents as Teachers and potential funders. Please note that Foundational and Model Implementation costs vary by state. Click here for the current budget tool. 

  4. Pay the Affiliate Fee

    Parents as Teachers sites pay an annual fee to be affiliated with the Parents as Teachers model and national center. This fee includes technical assistance from the national center and a subscription to Penelope, the database system for entering family information. Being an affiliate certifies a program as an evidence-based model and requires sites operate with fidelity to the model. As of 2018, new affiliates pay $3.850 in their first year. Click here for more information on the fees. 

  5. Get Training

    All new affiliates are required to attend the Foundational Training and Model Implementation Training offered by Parents as Teachers before implementation. The five day training program acclimates staff to the curriculum and quality standards for Parents as Teachers. Please see training costs as listed on the Pricing Structure page.




The St. David’s Foundation’s released an RFP to expand home visiting capacity in Central Texas. You can find it here. Applications are due June 21st, 2019 by 5pm.

Episcopal Health Foundation Grant – Build the Foundation for a Healthy Life (Goal 3) - Letter of Interest due July 10th, 2019, Application due September 11th, 2019 - http://www.episcopalhealth.org/en/grant-making/grant-making/goal-3/

The Anderson Foundation has ongoing funding opportunities for early childhood services in Texas. You can start the application process at any time – the process takes approximately 8 months - http://www.theandersonfoundation.org/mission-areas/