Parents as Teachers

CHIP changes lives, two generations at a time.

Learning begins at birth and parents are their child’s first and most influential teachers. CHIP incorporates the PAT approach into working with families, so that each visit has a focus on promoting positive parent-child interactions, discussing development-centered parenting topics as well as addressing family well-being issues.

Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based, federally recognized, voluntary home visiting model that works with expecting families and parents of children ages birth through five years to improve parenting practices and parent knowledge of child development, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children’s school readiness. That means providing the information, support and encouragement that all parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. Our goal is to help parents engage with their children in ways that lead to a lifetime of good health, educational achievement, and future success.

Professional parent educators work with families in their homes, on average twice a month. During each family visit, parent educators work with families in each the following areas:

  1. Parent-child interaction
    • Parenting behaviors
    • Child development
    • Parent-child activities
  2. Development-Centered Parenting
    • Link between child development and parenting
    • Developmental topics (attachment, discipline, health, nutrition, safety, sleep, transitions/routines, and healthy births)
  3. Family Well-Being
    • Family strengths, capabilities, and skills
    • Protective factors based on the Strengthening Families™ approach
    • Community Resources

CHIP of Virginia is the state office for PAT in Virginia, providing leadership, training and professional development, and overseeing continuous quality improvement for this national evidence-based home visiting model. Parents as Teachers is utilized within a variety of home visiting programs including CHIP, Healthy Families and home based Head Start and Early Head Start. To learn more about Parents as Teachers, go to