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Parents as Teachers

for families with children ages prenatal – 5 years

Parents as Teachers (PAT) offers families in-home visits up to twice a month. During these visits, Imprints Cares family educators provide parenting tips and learning activities to help parents prepare their children for school. Home visits can be made in English or Spanish.

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PAT benefits

Home visits create family-centered engagement opportunities that...

  • promote good parenting habits by connecting with parents in a familiar environment — their own home.

  • increase positive parent-child interactions.

  • improve parent understanding at each age and stage of a child’s development.

In PAT...

  • children receive developmental and other health screenings provided by family educators to help parents understand how their children are growing and recognize their strengths.

  • families and children receive referrals for services with community partners.

  • families attend monthly parenting groups with other families and family-centered activities.

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Last year PAT served 261 children through 1,593 home visits during which 4,164 books were delivered and 146 children received developmental screenings.

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Parents as Teachers Blue Ribbon Affiliate logo

Imprints Cares is recognized by the national PAT office as an exemplary Blue Ribbon Affiliate. This means that we exceed the PAT Essential Requirements and the PAT Quality Standards. 


In 2017, Imprints Cares was awarded the Losos Prize for Innovation and Excellence, which is awarded to only one organization in the country each year. 

We continue to innovate and serve more families with even greater effectiveness​ through our full spectrum of evidence-based programming.

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“For the last nine years, I have had the privilege of observing the Imprints Cares Family Educators’ excellent work with families. They are adept at developing trusting relationships with the clients they serve and exhibit tremendous leadership among their peers.”

– Dean Clifford, Former Executive Director,
Smart Start of Forsyth County
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  • What is the cost of the PAT program for parents?
    PAT is FREE for families. The cost of the program is covered by grants and other donations, so there is no charge for the families who participate.
  • Can anyone receive home visits from PAT?
    Families must live in Forsyth County, have a child aged 0–5 years, and be experiencing one or more family stressors identified by the PAT National Office to qualify for the program. If you have a question about eligibility for your family or a family you know, please reach out to Julia Barnes at 336-713-9742. Para español, llame a Maria Stockton al 336-713-9743
  • Who makes the home visits for PAT?
    The Imprints Cares' staff who make the home visits are called family educators. All family educators have college degrees (many have a Master’s degree), have been thoroughly vetted with extensive background checks, and have been trained in the evidence-based PAT model. Eight (8) family educators are bilingual, and four (4) are native Spanish speakers. Altogether, our family educators have a combined 65+ years of experience at Imprints Cares. Our family educators care greatly about the families they serve and want to help them and their children succeed.
  • Can families be court-ordered to participate in the PAT program?
    The program is voluntary for families. They can start and stop anytime they choose, until their youngest child starts kindergarten or they move out of the county.
  • Does PAT help parents with home schooling?
    No, we are a home visiting program for families with children ages 0–5 years. We help parents get their children ready for kindergarten by providing parenting support, developmental screenings, resource connections, and parent/child activities that equip parents to be their child’s first and best teacher.


Refer a Family or Enroll in PAT

For English, call Julia Barnes at 336-713-9742.

Para español, llame a Maria Stockton al 336-713-9743.

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