Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers

The Parents As Teachers (PAT) program is an early childhood home visiting framework that builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Trained parent educators emphasize parent-child interaction, development centered parenting and family wellbeing in their work with families. The PAT program has four components: personal visits, group connections, screenings, and resource referrals. Together, these components provide families who have  children ages prenatal-to-kindergarten a program of support so that children are able to reach their full potential when they begin school. 

In 2018, the Foundation provided funding to train 14 new in-home Parent Educators to serve Stone and Taney County families. The Silver Dollar City Foundation has committed to providing funding annually, to increase the number of families participating, and the number of in-home Parent Educator visits.

Visit your school district’s Parents As Teachers program for more information regarding how this vital program can help prepare your child to start school.

  • Spokane Schools PAT
  • Rhonda Highfill, Program Coordinator
  • Phone: 417-443-3361
  • Email:
  • Parent Educators, Terri Goodall, Cheryl Orr, or Heather Thomas
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Cell phone: 417-239-7540

  • Hurley Schools PAT
  • Allie Lumpkin, coordinator
  • Phone: 417-369-3271
  • Email:

Reeds Spring Wolves
  • Reeds Spring Schools PAT
  • Karen Murray, Program Coordinator
  • PAT office: 417-272-3761
  • Email:
  • Facebook: Reeds Spring Parents As Teachers
  • Mark Twain Schools PAT
  • 417-785-4323
Galena School District
  • Galena Schools PAT
  • Michele Wertz, Parent Educator
  • 417-357-6377
  • Shell Knob Schools PAT
  • Tari Underwood, Parent Educator
  • School phone: 417-858-6743
  • Cell phone: 417.342.1512