PAT (Parents As Teachers)

Parents as Teachers is a FREE program offered through the Plato school district. The program is available to every family beginning during pregnancy and ending when children enter kindergarten. Enrollment can take place at any time during this age range. Parents are their children’s first teachers and will always be their most important. Let P.A.T. empower you with the knowledge to make sound parenting decisions to help your child.

The Vision;

All children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

The Mission

To provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.


  • gives children a solid foundation for school successes

  • increases parents� confidence in giving their child the best start

  • promotes a strong parent-child relationship

  • develops a true partnership between parents and schools

  • provides a means for early detection of potential learning problems


  • Personal visits -from a trained educator/certified teacher

  • Group meetings -gives parents new insights and allows them to share experiences, concerns, and successes

  • Yearly developmental screenings – until entry in kindergarten

  • Resource networking -links families with other services beyond the scope of the program

All of the above are accomplished through partnering and reflection with your parent educator. Contact the elementary office, 417-458-3333 soon to begin the journey!