Every child 0-36 months of age is eligible for the Parents as Teachers program in Marion County!

Marion County Parents as Teachers has received national recognition as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top performing home visiting affiliates within the international Parents as Teachers network!  The official designation was made on October 1, 2018.

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

​​​​Marion County Parents as Teachers


Serving Districts: USD 397 Centre, USD 398 Peabody-Burns, USD 408 Marion-Florence, USD 410 Durham-Hillsboro-Lehigh, USD 411 Goessel 

mission statement

Parents as Teachers is designed to assist ALL FAMILIES with children from birth to age three in becoming their children's first teachers.

What we do

who we


A fun, early learning program sponsored by local school districts for soon-to-be parents and parents with children up to three years of age.

Recycle for PAT
  • Formula cans
  • oatmeal containers
  • glass baby food jars and lids
  • Baby Wipes Containers​

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Research Shows:

  • PAT children were more advanced than other 3 year-olds in language and social development, problem-solving, and other intellectual skills.
  • PAT children outscored their peers on measures of school readiness and later school achievement.
  • PAT children performed better than non-PAT children in elementary school. 
  • PAT was found to reduce placement in special education; lower incidence of abuse and neglect. 
  • PAT parents took a more active role in their children’s schooling than did non-PAT parents.

Upcoming Group Connections​:

  • Papa's Pumpkin Patch - Saturday, October 20th - (10:00am - 12:00 pm)
    Join Marion County PAT for fun at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch near Goessel. Admission to the pumpkin patch is FREE, but some activities will cost money. Pumpkins are weighed and priced by a sliding scale. For more information check out the flyer, or visit their website, here ! (The event was postponed previously and will now take place on 10/20/2018)