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Parents as Teachers (PAT)

A parent is a child’s first and most important teacher. But we know that babies don’t come with an instruction manual. This FREE in-home program is designed to provide parents with information and to help build their children’s intellectual, language, social, and physical development from prenatal to kindergarten age. Central District Health Department (CDHD) offers the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program to qualifying Ada County residents who are expecting or have children up to kindergarten age. PAT or a similar program may be available through your local health department. 

Program Services Include:

In-Home Visits
Clients will receive personal visits from a certified parent educator offering timely, age-appropriate information including: 

  • Prenatal care for healthy fetal growth and development
  • What to expect as your child grows and develops
  • How to encourage intellectual development, curiosity and language development
  • Focused observations using child development information
  • Confidential discussion of your parenting concerns
  • Fun activities to help your child prepare for school

Peer Support

  • Share information about child development, parenting issues and concerns at group meetings
  • Observe your child playing with other children
  • Make connections with other parents and provide support to each other

Screenings

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Developmental

Resource Network

  • Links to information, resources and community services

Learn more about the Parents as Teachers program offered to Ada County residents. 

Apply over the Phone or In Person

Central District Health Department (CDHD) offers the Parents as Teachers program to Ada County residents. PAT or a similar program is available through most Idaho health districts. 

You may qualify for Parents as Teachers through CDHD if you reside in Ada County, Idaho and:

  • You have a child(ren) who has not yet entered kindergarten
  • You are a pregnant woman under 21 years old
  • Your family has a history of substance abuse
  • You are a family eligible for or enrolled in Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Medicaid or SNAP
  • Have a child with a developmental delay
  • Are a family of the Armed Services
  • A parent or parent-to-be who has not completed their high school diploma or GED

Additional items may make you eligible. Please call Central District Health Department to learn more: 208-327-8629

Apply by Mail, Email or Fax

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Central District Health Department (CDHD) offers the Parents as Teachers program to Ada County residents. PAT or a similar program is available through most Idaho health districts. 

You may qualify for Parents as Teachers through CDHD if you reside in Ada County, Idaho and:

  • You have a child(ren) who has not yet entered kindergarten
  • You are a pregnant woman under 21 years old
  • Your family has a history of substance abuse
  • You are a family eligible for or enrolled in Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Medicaid or SNAP
  • Have a child with a developmental delay
  • Are a family of the Armed Services
  • A parent or parent-to-be who has not completed their high school diploma or GED

Additional items may make you eligible. Please contact Central District Health Department to learn more: 208-327-8629 - email: pat@cdhd.idaho.gov - web: www.cdhd.idaho.gov/hl-pat.php

Eligibility

Central District Health Department (CDHD) offers the Parents as Teachers program to Ada County residents. PAT or a similar program is available through most Idaho health districts. 

You may qualify for Parents as Teachers if you reside in Ada County, Idaho and:

  • You have a child(ren) who has not yet entered kindergarten
  • You are a pregnant woman under 21 years old
  • Your family has a history of substance abuse
  • You are a family eligible for or enrolled in Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Medicaid or SNAP
  • Have a child with a developmental delay
  • Are a family of the Armed Services
  • A parent or parent-to-be who has not completed their high school diploma or GED

Additional items may make you eligible. Please contact Central District Health Department to learn more: 208-327-8629 - email: pat@cdhd.idaho.gov - web: www.cdhd.idaho.gov/hl-pat.php

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