Saturday, January 10, 2009

RAND find Parents as Teachers Promising Practice

Courtesy of the MCH Listserv, which publishes a useful weekly alert
RAND'S Promising Practices Network Features Parent Education Program

The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program provides parents with child development information and parenting support.

RAND's Promising Practice Network (PPN) on Children, Families and Communities recently recognized it as a "program that works." PAT is a four-part intervention model in which trained and certified parent educators offer support to children and their families from pregnancy until the child is 5 years old.

Program services include home visits; child health, hearing, vision, anddevelopmental screenings; parent group meetings; and a resource network that links families with needed community resources. Studies have shown that PAT has proven effects on the number of infants born weighing 5.5 lbs or more as well as on young children's cognitive and physical development.

The PPN Web site contains a program overview as well as information on program
participants, evaluation methods, key evaluation findings, probable implementers, funding, implementation detail, and issues to consider.

Example sites, contact information, a list of resources, and a bibliography are also
available at


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