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Parents As Teachers (PAT)


Lexington County First Steps supports parenting programs in all five of the Lexington County School Districts.  Funding is given to each of the districts for their Parents As Teachers programs. The Parents as Teachers (PAT) model is an evidence-based early childhood home visiting framework for families with children prenatal through kindergarten entry that builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Program Components

Personal Visits are designed to meet the needs of each individual family with intensity ranging anywhere from twice monthly to weekly.

Group Connections are provided monthly to ensure families build social connections with each other and learn new ways to support their child’s development.

Screening is done on a regular basis for each child’s health and developmental progress.  Keys to Interactive Parenting Survey (KIPS) and Adult/Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI) are required for parenting progress.

Resource and Referral Network connects families to needed resources, strengthening protective factors and fostering positive change.