Components of the Program

  • Personal Visits 
    Certified Parent Educators utilize the Parents as Teachers foundational curriculum to provide individualized, strength based visits to families focused on parent-child interaction, development centered parenting and family well being. Visits are scheduled approximately every 2 to 4 weeks and are about 45-60 minutes long.  

    Family Events 
    Events for families provide opportunities for parents to acquire information about child development, parenting and positive parent-child interaction, while gaining support from each other. De Soto Parents as Teachers offers both adult only and parent/child events throughout the school year.

    Weekly Playgroups 
    During the 2019-20 school year, daytime playgroups are offered at Lexington Trails Middle School in De Soto. Specific days and times of playgroup are listed on our calendar. 

    Screenings provide regular information about each child's health and developmental progress, increases parents' understanding of their child's development and identifies strengths and abilities, as well as areas of concern. De Soto Parents as Teachers offers annual screenings to children enrolled in our program as well as all children birth-3 years in our school district.  

    Resource Network
    The program connects families to needed resources and takes an active role in the community, establishing ongoing relationships with other institutions and organizations that serve families.  

    Monthly Calendars
    Our online PAT calendar features program activities as well as details about the event. In addition, parents enrolled in De Soto Parents as Teachers receive a monthly email with a calendar to view and print off. Click on the calendar on our homepage to find out the latest family events and play groups taking place at De Soto Parents as Teachers. 

    To enroll in De Soto Parents as Teachers, please click on the enrollment form link, complete the form and submit it. The PAT Coordinator will contact you to schedule a Welcome to PAT/screening visit with your family. Once you are paired up with a parent educator, she will contact you to schedule your first personal visit. In order to match you with a Parent Educator, we would appreciate your best estimate of when you will be available for visits until your child is three (3) years old. On the enrollment form, please mark the time of day that you will be available for ongoing visits.