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Parents as Teachers

Welcome to Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a national program that stands on the belief that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers.  Stressing the importance of three main ideals   --Parent/Child Interaction, Developmental Centered Parenting, and Family Well-Being -- this program has flourished since its beginning, here in Missouri, in 1985.  

Maplewood Richmond Heights is committed to the community by connecting and engaging families.  Services are provided prenatally through kindergarten entry, free of charge, and include: 

  • Home visits
  • Access to monthly PAT newsletters and activiites
  • Parent workshops and peer support opportunities
  • Monthly group connections where kids play with peers
  • Vision, hearing and development screenings
  • Links to informal resources and community services

Enrollment in the PAT program is ongoing. The preferred method of enrollment is by using this link. Please contact or call 314-256-4562 if you have questions about the process.

Visit the Parents as Teachers National Center.

Visit the MRH Early Childhood Center calendar for upcoming PAT and ECC events.

MRH Parents as Teachers Family Handbook 2020-2021

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These are the Parents As Teachers educators for the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District. Both individuals have a history with MRH and are committed to meeting the needs of our youngest families in their new roles.

Sara Patterson holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in education. Her certifications include special reading K-12 and Parents as Teachers model certification. She has 11 years experience teaching second and third grade and has been part of the MRH elementary teaching team for the past 4 years. Sara has a passion for urban education and teaching and learning in diverse environments. As a parent educator, Sara seeks to support and partner with families as they work to create rich early learning experiences in the home.

Colleen Hogan is a certified Parents as Teachers educator. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work with a concentration in children, youth and families from Washington University in St. Louis. Before coming to MRH, she taught in a two-year-old classroom at University City Children's Center. Colleen lives in Maplewood with her husband and two young children.