What is Parents as Teachers?
The Hannibal Parents as Teachers program recognizes that parents are their child's first and most influential teachers. The PAT program provides parent education and family support to all families through the journey of their child's early learning.

During the years between birth and kindergarten, there are important times when specific kinds of learning...social, language, thinking, and motor skills...must take place for your child to develop to the fullest. By enrolling in Parents as Teachers, you can support your child's early education and development before school entry.

In 1984, the Early Childhood Development Act was passed the by the Missouri Legislature. This bill mandated that every school district provide parent education and screening services to families with children ages birth to five years. The Hannibal PAT program began in 1985.

The program is offered to families at "No Charge" and participation is voluntary.

What's Coming up?

Hannibal Parents as Teachers

2015-16 “Friend of the Year” Award


The Hannibal Public Schools’ Parents as Teachers Program announces that Judge Rachel Bringer-Shepherd has been chosen as the 2015-16 “PAT Friend of the Year” Award winner.

This award is bestowed to individuals who support the Parents as Teachers vision, “All children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.”  This vision was established in Missouri in 1981 and holds to the ideal that parents are their child’s first and best teachers.


Why should I join Parents as Teachers?

Your child's learning begins at birth and brain growth and development happen more rapidly during the first five years of life than at any other time.

You are your child's first and most influential teacher.  Your home is your child's first and most important classroom.  We, at Parents as Teachers, can assist you in laying a strong and healthy foundation for your child's future success in school and life.

Want to get your child off to a great start in life?
Join Parents as Teachers!

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