Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
At-risk or vulnerable Pregnant women, Parents and Carers of Children aged 0-3 years.
• Supporting Families and Parents
Family Support Network Inc.
Home Visitation Program
A Home visitation program that focuses on five core competencies:
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an early childhood parent education, family support and well-being, and school readiness home visiting model based on the premise that "all children will learn, grow, and develop to realise their full potential."
|Implementation and delivery|
Based on theories of human ecology, empowerment, self-efficacy, attribution, and developmental parenting, PAT involves the training and certification of parent educators who work with families using a comprehensive online curriculum. Parent educators work with parents to strengthen protective factors and ensure that young children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn.
The aims of PAT are to:
Parents and carers anywhere in Australia.
Trained family support workers, community workers, psychologists, early childhood workers, supported playgroup facilitators, child protection case managers, Maternal Child Health Nurses.
Training consists of 3 days of Foundational Training for Parent Educators.
In person training is required. For more details please contact Family Support Network firstname.lastname@example.org
For costs of the program please contact Family Support Network email@example.com
Phone: 02 66212489 ( Ask for Sarah)
|Evaluation and effectiveness|
Multiple RCTs and peer reviewed studies.
Summary of relevant evidence can be found here: Parents as Teachers – An Evidence-Based Home Visiting Model:
• Carroll, L., Smith, S., & Thomson, N. (2015). Parents as Teachers Health Literacy Demonstration Project: Integrating an Empowerment Model of Health Literacy Promotion Into Home-Based Parent Education. Health Promotion Practice, 16(2), 282-290.
• Chaiyachati, B., Gaither, J., Hughes, M., Foley-Schain, K., & Leventhal, J. (2018). Preventing child maltreatment: Examination of an established statewide homevisiting program. Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect, 49:476-484.
• Wagner M, Spiker D, Linn MI. (2002) The effectiveness of the Parents as Teachers program with low-income parents and children. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 22(2), 67-81.
• Wagner M. (2001) The Multisite evaluation of the Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Program: Summary of findings for Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Menlo Park, CA: SRI International.
• Wagner MM, Clayton SL. (1999) The Parents as Teachers program: Results from two demonstrations. The Future of Children, 91-115.
A History of Australian Evaluation of PAT can be found here: