Parents as Teachers +
First Chance for Children’s home visitation program, Parents as Teachers Plus (PAT +), is designed to help families strengthen protective factors that help them deal with the issues raising children. Families that live in poverty often lack the supports that most families have as they deal with everyday problems. Without support small problems become big ones and big problems can destroy a family. These issues cause stress, affecting family resiliency and impacts the development of children.
Services include parent education through intentional home visitation, parent connection opportunities and playgroups, Toy Lending Libraries and incentives, including diapers, wipes, home & health items, and board books for program participation.
The research-based Parents as Teachers home visitation model is used as the foundation of the home visitation program. All First Chance for Children home visitation services are designed to foster these outcomes:
• Support and encourage care that promotes positive brain development and overall early childhood development for children birth to three.
• Provide services that lead to school readiness.
• Provide families with information and support to prevent child abuse and neglect.
• Ensure that low-income households and children with special needs have equal access to services.
PAT + home visitation services are funded by grants from the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS). Visits by the First Chance for Children staff are funded by a non-competitive grant through The Community Partnership of Phelps County. First Chance for Children also has a competitive grant from DSS through the Early Childhood Development Education and Care Funds (ECDEC). The ECDEC grant is implemented through subcontracts with school districts in eight Mid-Missouri counties.
Family Participation is determined by income guidelines and families must have at least one additional risk factor from PAT’s list of risk factors. For additional information contact First Chance for Children or your local school district to see if you are in a service area.