Kylee L. Brown

As a parent you are your child’s first and most important teacher.  From the start, you shape your child’s future by providing a variety of experiences.  Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a family education and support program that begins prenatally and extends through age five.  In the PAT program here at Cannons, you are supported by a certified parent educator who uses the Born to Learn Curriculum that translates scientific information on early brain development into concrete suggestions on ways to teach and nurture your child. 

In the first few years, children learn more and at a faster pace than at any other time in life.  Through PAT, parents acquire knowledge and skills to make the most of these early crucial years.  The program provides timely information on child development and neuroscience research, which in turn involves you in parent-child activities that encourage language development, intellectual growth, social development, motor skills, and strengthens your relationship with your child.

PAT is a home visitation program that helps you as a parent learn what to do to maximize your baby’s learning potential.  This is a FREE EDUCATIONAL SERVICE that is provided through your local Spartanburg County School District and Cannons Elementary School.  PAT is a curriculum, based on research and individual questions.  Parents as Teachers is fun learning for both parents and children.  Through the program you will receive free books and materials, and connections with outside resources.  Home visits are scheduled at your convenience, and they can begin as soon as a family is ready.  

Are you a pregnant or parenting teen?  You probably have lots of questions about your pregnancy, your baby, being a parent, and how to finish school.  The AFL (Adolescent Family Life) program is designed to help answer those questions and to help you become the best parent possible.  The AFL is also a support system; you will meet other adolescent parents who will support you through friendship and your case manager will serve you in a confidential and respectful manner.

The services you will receive as a participant of the AFL program include:

  • Weekly Healthy Lifestyle classes at your school.
  • Monthly one-on-one meetings with a case manager who will help you with your education and career goals and who will help you understand your baby’s development.
  • Help with contacting providers for medical care, counseling, or assistance with social services.
  • You will also receive incentives such as diapers, wipes, toiletries, clothing and other items for you and your baby!

If you are pregnant or parenting, contact your school nurse or guidance counselor to be recommended for the Adolescent Family Life program.