P.A.T. (Parents As Teachers) is a voluntary, state funded program that helps parents become their child's first and best teacher.  Through personal visits, group meetings, and screenings parents are provided with a multitude of developmental information for their infant or preschooler.  If delays are identified in a child or the family needs extra aid, the P.A.T. program also serves as a resource network for the  family.  Betty Vollmer is serving as P.A.T. educator for the school district, and Jana Lammers is the P.A.T. coordinator.

    The personal visit is the core of the Parents As Teachers program.  During a personal visit, the parent educator goes to the home and provides developmental information, has discussion with the parents, provides an age-appropriate parent/child activity, and provides information on parenting issues.  Infants from birth to three years of age are visited 5 to 9 times per school year.  Preschoolers age three to five are offered 1 to 3 visits per year depending on need.

    Group meetings are another asset of the P.A.T. program.  Usually group meetings are held in the preschool and parents or parents and child gather together for a presentation, a discussion, or an activity.  All P.A.T. families are encouraged to attend group meetings.  Previous group meetings have been "Things That Go," a presentation by Peggy North-Jones, and Infa-Massage.  "Things that Go" was a family event that introduced children to approximately 30 various vehicles ranging from a surrey to an ambulance to a John Deere combine.  A few vehicles even provided rides.  Peggy North-Jones, an excellent speaker and family counselor from St. Louis, spoke about parenting techniques and answered many questions from parents.

    P.A.T. also offers developmental, health, hearing, and vision screenings.  Generally, once per year from age one to Kindergarten entry, your child is screened free of charge.  The screening is held at home until age three, then screenings are administered at the Pilot Grove C-4 School.

    If you live in Pilot Grove and would like more information on the Parents As Teachers program, contact Betty Vollmer or Janna Lammers at 834-4115 or by E-mail with the following links.

Jana Lammers

Stacey Hayes