PAT Mission Statement:
"Working together with families to ensure that young children are competent, self-assured, and ready for school!"
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program is a free service that is offered
to families in Berrien County who are pregnant or have children under
the age of three. The first three years of a child's life are ESSENTIAL
for laying a strong and positive foundation in all areas of their lives
- education, health, behavior, and relationships. Because those first
few years are so important, parents are a child's FIRST and MOST
PAT offers two types of services:
Personal Home Visits and Group Connections
Personal Home Visits
are an opportunity to receive information that is individualized to
your child and family. A Certified Parent Educator would visit you at
your home and bring information and activity ideas specific for your
young child's age and development. The visits usually last about one
hour and can occur weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Visits are an
opportunity for parents to look closely at their child's development,
enhance the ways they promote their child's learning, problem-solve any
of the usual parenting concerns that arise, and increase their
confidence that they are providing a strong and positive foundation for
their child's learning. If you are interested in hearing more about PAT
Personal Home Visits, please either fill out the online referral form or call Patrick Conley at 269-471-7725, ext. 1384.
are playgroups and events offered throughout the year to
provide families opportunities to make connections with other families.
All Group Connections are free and registration is not required.
Listed below are the Group Connections we offer.
Read, Play, & Learn Playgroups
are offered during the school year at 15 different locations throughout
Berrien County each month. You do NOT have to register or sign-up to
attend these groups. You also do NOT have to be enrolled in PAT
(receiving Personal Home Visits) to attend.
playgroups are a chance for parents with young children (infants - age
5) to get together with other parents and young children and have some
fun! Each month we choose a children's book as the theme for the
playgroup activities. At the beginning of the group, the story is read
during circle time. Then parents can play together with their children
through a variety of activities. At the end of the group, every family
gets a copy of the book to take home and enjoy over and over
again. Each month, information is also provided on a popular parenting
or child development topic. Here is this month's schedule, or you can sign up to receive email updates and calendars.
1-2-3 is our newest Group Connection. Becoming a new parent can be
overwhelming, and it often takes time to adjust to changed roles and
unfamiliar experiences. Baby 1-2-3 will provide parents with:
- Play ideas for enhancing interactions with their babies
- Information and support
- An opportunity to learn about topics important to parents with new babies
- A chance to meet other parents with similar experiences and questions
is a group for parents and their babies (up to 9 months of age,
including parents who are expecting a child). Moms, dads and infants
are welcome! Drop-in to any session that works for you! No
registration is necessary.
The group meets the first and third
Tuesdays of the month, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Parents as Teachers room of Immanuel Child Development Center, located at 9650 Church Street in Bridgman, MI.
Daycare for older children will not be provided. This is a special time for you and your baby!
Read-Around-the-County is an outdoor story hour for preschoolers, their
parents, and daycare providers. Bring a blanket and find a cozy place
to sit. and listen to a variety of stories read by community leaders and
costumed characters that will move from group to group. Families are
welcome to bring a picnic lunch, a snack and water will be
provided. Each family will receive a free book.
celebrate the season with your young children at the Berrien RESA.
This family fun Holiday Open-House features preschool activities, that
include: sensory play, gross motor games, an art project, and the "snow
drift". Children will also enjoy snacks and stories with Santa and Mrs.
Claus! Each family will receive a gift book.
Welcome Winter 2016 Flyer
Festival of Families
year, Parents as Teachers invites everyone to The Berrien RESA's
Festival of Families. This is a family fun event with plenty of
activities and resources for everyone. There will be an area devoted
specifically to preschoolers. This is a great opportunity for your
family to learn about the resources available in the region aimed at
helping your child succeed.