Parents as Teachers is a program with the philosophy of providing parents with child development knowledge and parenting support that enables children to learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

Parents as Teachers is a program with the philosophy of providing parents with child development knowledge and parenting support that enables children to learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.


The program offers four areas that work through a strong network of state leaders and partners. The programs are: Born to Learn, Professional Development, Meld, and Advocacy. Born to Learn uses parent educators to help the parents directly. Professional Development is training for the professionals. Meld is a group model that uses peer support. Advocacy works through public and private sectors to promote positive policies for young families.


Though PAT has expanded to Mexico, Asia and Europe since its development in the 1970s, the program began in Missouri, and its National Center is located in St. Louis.


The Blue Springs PAT has been running since 1985. It uses the Born to Learn curriculum to help with child development.


“It is the most popular program in the district,” said Patty Mohn, director of Parents as Teachers.


In 1985, an independent evaluation showed that 3-year-old children who participated in the PAT program were notably more advanced than other children their age in language and social development along with problem solving among other intellectual skills. Then, a 1989 follow-up study showed PAT children in first grade were still ahead based on teacher evaluation and standardized tests. The program also says that PAT parents play a more active role in their child’s schooling than other parents.


There is no waiting list to get into the PAT program, and it is offered to every parent with prenatal to 5-year-old children living in the Blue Springs School District area.


The office for the Blue Springs School District has moved locations. It has moved from across from Blue Springs High School to the former Blue River Community College building at 1501 N.W. Jefferson Street.


For more information  visit  www.parentsasteachers.org.