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8/19/2014 1:14:00 PM
Free family support & coaching program available to teen parents

Arizona's Children Association is pleased to announce an extended service for their Parents as Teachers program for families in Yavapai County.

In July 1, the PAT program became available to pregnant and parenting teens through an expanded grant from First Things First.

The voluntary program is available to families of children 5 years old and younger who want information and support to enhance their child's health and development. The PAT program is open to all families of young children throughout Yavapai County and is not contingent upon income or need.

The additional funding will include expanded opportunities for teen parents to connect, socialize, and learn about themselves and their children and an "earn as you learn" program where teens can earn points towards "purchasing" of baby items, clothing and other new and gently used necessities for themselves and their young child.

PAT home visits consist of parent and child activities that support the parent as the first and best teacher in their child's life. Parent educators facilitate two home visits per month with fun and easy activities to support and enhance a child's skills and prenatal home visiting for each trimester to help support expecting parents. Developmental, vision and hearing screenings for infants and children, and group meetings with other parents as support and networking are also offered. As needed, consultation for resources and referrals to community resources are also provided to all families as part of the program.

PAT home visitors are early childhood educators who are nationally certified to bring this evidence-based program to Yavapai County families. With more than 30 years of research, this parent and child curriculum supports advanced language, problem-solving, cognitive development, and social development skills necessary for school readiness. Families who have participated in the PAT program have children who are more prepared to arrive to school ready to learn and score higher on kindergarten readiness tests and in standardized measures of reading, math and language tests in elementary grades.

Arizona's Children Association is located in Prescott and has a team of four (4) Parent Educators who travel throughout Yavapai County to conduct home visits. For more information about the program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Rainee Crabtree at 928-443-1991, ext. 2021.

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