ERIC Number: ED341489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
PAT Program Description. Parent-Child Programs. District 742 Community Education's Early Childhood Family Education Project [Revised].
Hoodecheck, Jeanne; Kearns, Ellen
Project PAT (Parents Are Teachers), a program for parents and their children from birth through 3 years, is described. PAT is a nationally validated Title III, Elementary and Secondary Education Act demonstration project in the St. Cloud Community Schools district of Minnesota. The focus of PAT is the quality of the parent-child relationship and the development of a competent, resourceful child. Since 1984, PAT has been part of the American Vocational Association's efforts to disseminate information nationally about approved early childhood-parent education projects. This report outlines the program's philosophy and goals, including an approach for working with both parents and children. An overview of the program includes a description of the three primary components: play, observation, and discussion group. Also included is information on activity kits, home visits, and how the program works. A summary is included in an evaluation of Project PAT that shows the program to be highly effective in increasing parents' knowledge of infant development and in enhancing their supportive interactions with their children. PAT curriculum materials are described, including at-home activity kits and filmstrips. Suggestions are provided for establishing a similar project site elsewhere and for promoting community awareness. An implementation budget is given, along with criteria for the adoption of PAT in other locations. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Saint Cloud Independent School District 742, MN.