In the last three years, 330 families and 439 keiki received home visiting services. Ninety-eight percent of the parents surveyed said this program has increased their knowledge and understanding of their child’s development. In 2014 alone, fifty-nine families received home visiting services in their home.
About the Program
The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is a PAT Blue Ribbon Affiliate Designee that is recognized nationally as delivering high-quality services to children and families. PAT provides in-home educational services to families of prenatal to 3-year-old children. Parent Educators deliver a high-quality, comprehensive curriculum with tailored home-visiting service plans. Services follow the PAT foundational curriculum and then branches out to meet family needs. Parent Educators also provide developmental screenings that can lead to timely referrals that support keiki’s growth. Home visits include information on child growth and development; hands-on activities for parents to work with their child; address parent and child concerns and offer resources and referrals. Curriculum topics include healthy births, early childhood education, brain development, health, and nutrition.
Through weekly, bi-monthly or monthly home visits, families gain confidence and are empowered to become their children’s first teachers, which ensures keiki get the best possible start in life. Parents and caregivers work with their Parent Educators to set and accomplish family goals and are offered monthly Group Connections sessions for additional group training, to meet other parents and to support each other.
Parent educators are PAT Certified, have early childhood education field experience and academic backgrounds, engaged in the year-round professional development and come from the communities they serve making them highly committed and effective. Currently, the PAT program operates on the Wai‘anae Coast, Kapolei, and Moloka‘i.
We offer services in
Waiʻanae and on Molokai:
Please call (808) 620-9043 to register.
Who Are The Funders?
This project is supported by the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Maternal and Child Health Branch and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under D89MC28280, Affordable Care Act Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, for grant amount $83,809.00 and X10MC29466, Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Homevisiting Grant Program, for grant amount $231,191.00, with 7 percent financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by DOH, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.