PARENTS AS TEACHERS PROGRAM
Research shows that providing high quality education for children yields significant long-term benefits for both women and children and science tells us that ages 0 to 3 are critical. Children’s experiences during these years influence how their brain processes information; in other words, whatever does or doesn’t happen in this time frame impacts their capacity for learning. In order to respond to this critical need for services, Holy Cross Ministries provides early childhood education and support for children ages 0 to 3 and their parents through the Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program.
HCM'S PARENTS AS TEACHERS (PAT) PROGRAM INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING COMPONENTS:
Families receive two home visits per month and services are offered at no cost to the parents, with the goal of preparing parents to be their child’s first and most influential teacher. HCM’s Parent Educators conduct annual hearing and vision health screenings to identify barriers to a child’s healthy development, facilitate developmentally appropriate activities, provide early detection of developmental delays, assess the child’s social-emotional development, monitors the growth of parental life skills and parenting abilities and facilitates goal setting for parents. Unfortunately, we are at capacity for families in the Parents as Teachers home visiting program. Please contact PAT Program Coordinator Lizeette Zurita (385-257-2445) if you are interested in entering your name on the waiting list.
PARENT GROUP CONNECTIONS
All parents of children ages 0 to 3 years old are invited to attend HCM’s monthly Parents Group Connection nights. These evenings feature various presentations on topics regarding child development. Please contact PAT Program Coordinator Lizeette Zurita (385-257-2445) for more information.
Holy Cross Ministries’ Parents as Teachers Program has earned a quality endorsement from the Parents as Teachers national Center (PATNC). According to the PATNC, this prestigious endorsement is given to PAT programs who complete a comprehensive self-study and complete a review process that demonstrate they meet or exceed the Parents as Teachers Essential Requirements. To learn more about Blue Ribbon Affiliates click HERE.
HELP SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS
Holy Cross Ministries works to ensure that all children have opportunities to succeed academically. We believe that cost should not be a barrier for children to start school ready to learn. Please help support our program so we can continue offering these services free of cost to low-income families.
PARENTS AS TEACHERS PROGRAM STAFF
Sister Mary Ann Pajakowski, CSC