Parents as Teachers (PAT)

Children begin learning at birth and learn more during the first five years of life than at any other time. Parents as Teachers is an early learning program which supports parents in their role as the first and most influential teachers of their children. All services are provided free of charge. To enroll, click here or call 314-633-0019.

Personal Visits
A certified Parent Educator will share information on child development, bring an age-appropriate activity for you and your child to do together and observe your child’s play and development with you during the personal visit. Generally, three to five personal visits are provided each year.

To  reach your Parent Educator:
Terry Dollinger, Parent Educator… cell 314-413-2845
Meagan Dunn, Parent Educator… cell 314-229-7217
Jan Lee, Parent Educator… cell 314-452-9972
Amy Polokonis, Parent Educator… cell 636-346-6945
Sally Rieger, Parent Educator… cell 314-303-9879

Group Meetings
We offer meetings just for parents and also family activity sessions. We ask that you attend a minimum of one session each year. You are welcome to attend as many as you like. Please note that some groups require a reservation as space can be limited and/or adequate supplies can be available.  Click here for our PAT Group Events page for the schedule of events being offered. If school has been cancelled or dismissed early due to inclement weather, our activities will also be cancelled.

Developmental Screenings
Screenings are a brief assessment of skills and is an initial phase of the process of educational assessment and intervention. The purpose of screenings is to improve services for children and insure that they get the maximum benefits from their educational experiences.  Please call 633-0019 to make an appointment if your child. 

Affton Parents as Teachers has started aLending Library!  If you are having some issues with your child or just want some good reading about your child’s development, please check out this tool.  All you have to do is tell your Parent Educator which title you want, and she will bring it to you on your next scheduled personal visit.  Click here for available books!

Parents as Teachers shares resources in the community that are available for supporting and enriching families. We can help you locate information on a variety of agencies and topics.  A list of helpful web sites can be viewed online.

Parents as Teachers strongly urge parents to read to their children often, including at bedtime. Bedtime rituals are discussed here too.  For a list of suggested books to read to your child, by age or by developmental stages, click here.