The Select Home Visitation program partners families with a Parent Educator that will develop a plan to address their family’s needs. Visits are designed to build the protective factors and reduce risk factors. The Parent Educators use an evidence based early childhood home visiting model called Parents as Teachers (PAT). PAT was developed to build strong communities, healthy families and children that are healthy safe and ready to learn. Model-Certified Parent Educators emphasize parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being as they deliver services to families. The PAT program is designed to increase: the parents’ knowledge of their child’s health and development, school readiness and parent involvement; improve: parenting practices, parent-child relationships, child health and development and family health ; and prevent: child abuse and neglect.
Eligibility to enroll is only via referral from First 5 LA’s Welcome Baby Program utilizing a standard risk assessment screen at birth to identify families for service. Only families residing within a F5LA Best Start Community are eligible for referral to PAT (Parents As Teachers) if identified as high-risk. Families may present a variety of high need characteristics, but will not be targeted based on any one, specific high need characteristics.