Home visiting programs have pivoted to virtual support and curbside resource drop-offs, ensuring that families and young children get help now, even during a pandemic. Below is an example of how 9,000 WCSS-funded visits a year have lasting effects:
Andy was referred to Project Enlightenment and Parents as Teachers (PAT) due to speech delays when he was three years old. Mom had a 6th grade education and dad had completed 8th grade, and they were both committed to their son getting the chance to achieve more. When Andy’s parents had transportation issues and missed their first appointment, the PAT Parent Educator (PE) took an audiometer directly to the family’s home to measure what Andy could hear. Results showed hearing concerns, and Andy was referred to a pediatrician. After further testing and discussion of the options, Andy received tubes and started talking immediately!
Andy and his family continued working with their PE to receive PAT services and visits for several years. Even after completing their visits, his parents called their PE every summer to let her know Andy passed his grade. When he was old enough, Andy called PE himself to share the news. This spring, Andy called his PE to inform her that he was graduating high school. When the PE congratulated mom, she replied,
“This experience has been a dream come true, thanks to your help. Thanks for being with us.”
We want to make sure that all families of young children in Wake have access to life changing experiences like the PAT program. Can you be the bridge to connect them? Donate now!
About Parents as Teachers
The PAT program provides families support and information so they can help their children get ready for school. Home visits focus on appropriate play for a child’s age, literacy skills, and parent-child interactions. Each child has a developmental and health screening, and appropriate referrals are made as needed. Parents are encouraged to participate in monthly events to connect with other families in the community as well as learn about community resources. PAT serves families across the county and is 100% funded by WCSS.