First Teacher Program

First Teacher Program

The First Teacher Program is a FREE in home parent education and family support program utilizing the Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum. This program serves families throughout pregnancy until their child turns five (5) years of age and provides developmental, hearing and vision assessments.

Being a parent is hard work. In the first few years, children learn more and at a faster pace than at any other time in their life. You help shape your child’s future through the experiences you provide. Your baby was born to learn, and as a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Parents are supported by PAT-certified parent educators trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how, and why advice for families. By understanding what to expect during each stage of development, parents can easily capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance their child’s language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills.

As a FIRST TEACHER family, you receive:
· Personal Visits-during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information,
help you learn to observe your child and address your parenting concerns.
· Parent Group Meetings-are opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents learn
and support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills.
· Screenings-are utilized to assess your child’s overall development as well as health, hearing, and vision.
· Resource Network-Links your family to other community services.
· Baby Bucks Program- this is an incentive program for you to earn essential baby and maternity items! Baby Bucks can be
earned by keeping scheduled visits, attending group meetings and community fairs. Baby Bucks can by baby clothes, diapers,
wipes, car seats, strollers, gift cards and more.

Parent Aide Program

Parent Aide Program

The Parent Aide Program is a FREE Home based parent education program that matches a parent to a parent aide. Parent Aides serve parents of children ages birth to twelve (you must have custody of the child and he/she must live with you). Parent Aides work with families for about one year.

Who is a Parent Aide?
· A Parent Aide is a person who understands the unique challenges of being a parent.
· A Parent Aide is a role model for parents.

What does a Parent Aide do?
· A Parent Aide meets with parents in their home and provides lessons on parenting issues important to the individual parent.
· A Parent Aide is an instructor, role model and supporter to parents facing the challenges of parenting young children.

What do a Parent Aide and a Parent do during a visit?
· Depending on the age(s) of the child(ren) and what struggles the parent is facing, some examples of a home visit are as follows:
o Watching a video on how to handle sibling rivalry.
o Discussing discipline techniques that will work.
o Learning ways to help your baby’s development.
o Working on a schedule that can get everyone fed, bathed and put to bed in a timely manner.

A Parent Aide might be helpful to you if…
· You are committed to meet with your Parent Aide once per week.
· You want to become more confident and relaxed in your parenting.
· You have full custody of child age 12 or younger (child must live in your home).
· You are not actively abusing drugs or alcohol (you may be in recovery).

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Please note that if the children are not living in the home, in the custody of the parent they will NOT be eligible for the In-Home parenting program. Parents that DO NOT have children in the home are eligible to attend the FREE POSITIVE PARENTING GROUP through our Community Programs. More information regarding class schedules can be found at www.4cap.org