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PAT program offers resource for parents, young children

Even through kindergarten doesn’t begin until a child is 6, experts say the first years of life are the most important to a child’s development, and educating them should begin as early as possible.

Parents as Teachers (PAT) director Nicole Langston said PAT is an important resource for parents and young children throughout the Jefferson City Public Schools district.

“The early years are the most important. They’re the most formative,” she said.

Langston said PAT is for children, parents and professionals who come together to help children reach their highest potential.

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PAT is a free program for parents and children through age 5. Hearing, vision and developmental screenings are offered through PAT.

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