We Stand with Dreamers


Our vision at Parents as Teachers is that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.  The decision by this Administration to terminate the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program will make that vision harder to realize. As a universal access home-visiting model with programs in all 50 states, Parents as Teachers is committed to working in any community and with any family during the crucial early years of their children’s lives, regardless of where the child or parents were born.  

DACA recipients—Dreamers, as they are  frequently called—were brought to the United States as babies or young children with no say in the matter. They grew up here, attended school here, go to college here, are employed here, pay taxes here and many have had children of their own here. Under DACA these individuals gained needed protections from deportation. Nearly a quarter of DACA participants have at least one American-born child. (1)

Without the protections granted under the DACA program, these families are forced to consider and plan for the worst: a parent or both parents being deported, being away from their children and the only home they have ever known. Parental involvement and engagement is paramount to the healthy growth and development of a child. The reality of parent being abruptly taken from their home, or even the threat of that happening creates high levels of stress and anxiety in the home. When parents are forced to confront these damaging realities, it becomes incredibly challenging to ensure their children are able to thrive. Parents might be reluctant to seek outside services for support and may not be able to dedicate time to encourage the healthy development of their child. We cannot afford to jeopardize the health, safety and well-being of this vulnerable group of children and families.   

At Parents as Teachers, we stand with the Dreamers and our partner agencies across the country who are committed to diversity and inclusion and demand legislative action to ensure a pathway to citizenship for these individuals. Every child has the right to be able to learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential, and as a country we need to protect that right, not diminish it.  

Parents as Teachers National Center

1 Results from Tom K. Wong et al., 2017 National DACA Study


Due to the great number of conference attendees already registered for the Parents as Teachers 2017 International Conference in Philadelphia this year, hotel rooms at the conference site are now sold out. Rooms remain, however, at the two overflow hotels, both of which are nearby the conference site.

21 North Juniper Street  Philadelphia  PA  19107

1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Make a reservation by calling 1-800-235-6397.




We want to give back to our host states Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. Parents as Teachers in conjunction with First Book, wants to provide our programs in these states with books for the families and children that they serve.

Starting today, you can buy a book to donate, or you can make a donation, which will be used to purchase books for this cause.

After you purchase a book, make sure to leave a special message, which will be included on a bookplate that will go in a book for a special young individual.

Buy a Book at www.fbmarketplace.org or make a donation NOW at First Book's website, here. 

2017 Blue Ribbon Affiliates

This October Parents as Teachers National Center awarded ninety-three Parents as Teachers affiliates Blue Ribbon status, a distinction in the field of evidence-based home visiting. These affiliates, from across the country, engaged in a rigorous self-study and national center review process to confirm that they are meeting Parents as Teachers’ standards of fidelity and quality. Blue Ribbon Parents as Teachers affiliates are exemplary programs, delivering highest quality services to children and families.  

In addition to our congratulations, we want to thank these affiliates for the time and effort they put into this process, and to their dedication to providing high quality services to families in their communities every day.

New Blue Ribbon Affiliates are listed below. For a complete list of all Blue Ribbon Affiliates, click here.

Awarded 2017

  • Child and Family Resources, Inc. (AZ)
  • Child Crisis Arizona (AZ)
  • Sunnyside Parents as Teachers (AZ)
  • Richstone Family Center (CA)
  • Growing Home Parents as Teachers (CO)
  • Bristol Family Resource Centers (CT)
  • EdAdvance (CT)
  • Norwich P.A.T./Norwich Family Resource Ctr./Even Start Program (CT)
  • West Haven Board of Education/West Haven FRC/P.A.T. (CT)
  • Winsted Family Resource Center/Winchester Board of Education (CT)
  • Kent County Parents as Teachers (DE)
  • Sussex Parents as Teachers (DE)
  • Champions for Children (FL)
  • CPEC-Family Support Services/Community Partnership of Elbert Co. (GA)
  • Parents as Teachers Gordon/PCA Gordon County (GA)
  • Prevent Child Abuse Habersham, Inc.  (GA)
  • Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc./Children's Trust Fund of GA (GA)
  • INPEACE/USDOE Native Hawaiian Education (HI)
  • Keiki O Ka 'Aina Family Learning Centers (HI)
  • ARC-Community Support Systems (IL)
  • Children's Foundation-Early Start/Program of Children's Home & Aid (IL)
  • Childserv (IL)
  • Clay County Health Department PAT (IL)
  • Crittenton Centers Milestones Program (IL)
  • Early Beginnings (IL)
  • Early Start/Antioch CCSD #34 (IL)
  • Emerson Elementary School PAT/Cairo School District #1 (IL)
  • Family T.I.E.S.- Parents as Teachers/East Dubuque School District #119 (IL)
  • FHN Family Counseling Center/FHN Family Counseling Center thru Regional Office of Education (IL)
  • HOME Danville School District #118 (IL)
  • Model Parenting - Parents as Teachers/School District #88 Early Childhood Center (IL)
  • Prevention Initiative - Parents as Teachers/Harvard CUSD #50 (IL)
  • Shiloh Help in Parenting/Shiloh cusd #1 (IL)
  • Southern Region Early Childhood Programs - P.A.T./Murphysboro CUSD #186 (IL)
  • Maine Families Androscoggin County (ME)
  • Maine Families Aroostook County (ME)
  • Maine Families Cumberland County (ME)
  • Maine Families Franklin County (ME)
  • Maine Families Hancock County (ME)
  • Maine Families Keneebec/Somerset Counties (ME)
  • Maine Families Knox/Lincoln/Sagadahoc Counties (ME)
  • Maine Families Oxford County (ME)
  • Maine Families Penobscot/Piscataquis Counties (ME)
  • Maine Families Waldo County (ME)
  • Maine Families Washington County (ME)
  • Maine Families York County (ME)
  • Berrien Regional Education Service Agency Parents as Teachers Program (MI)
  • Cascade City County Health Department/Maternal Child Health and Public Health Home Visitation (MT)
  • Mineral County Health Department (MT)
  • Children & Youth Partnership PAT for Dare County (NC)
  • Family Support PAT/Iredell County Partnership for Young Children (NC)
  • Henderson County Parents as Teachers/Children & Family Resource Center of Henderson Co. (NC)
  • Project Enlightenment PAT/Wake County Public Schools (NC)
  • Smart Start of Davie County (NC)
  • The Coalition for Families in Lee County/Lee County Partnership for Children (NC)
  • FamCare PAT (NJ)
  • Plainfield Connections/Prevent Child Abuse State Agency (NJ)
  • St. Francis Center - TIP Program/St. Francis Community Center (NJ)
  • Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (OH)
  • Latino Community Development Agency (OK)
  • OPAT Program/Norman Public Schools (OK)
  • Community Prevention Partnership of Berks County (PA)
  • EOTC/Scranton Area Family Center (PA)
  • Family Resource Center of Blair County/Blair County Department of Social Services (PA)
  • Greene County Family Center (PA)
  • Mercer County Family Center (Community Connections)/Greenville Area School District (PA)
  • Mercer County Family Center/Farrell Area School District (PA)
  • Mercer County Family Center/Sharon City School District (PA)
  • Parenting Plus Program (PA)
  • The Children’s Advocacy Center of Lawrence County (PA)  
  • Blackstone Valley Community Action Program (RI)
  • Darlington County First Steps (SC)
  • Even Start Family Literacy Program/McCormick County School District 01 (SC)
  • First Steps - Parents as Teachers/Berkeley County School Dept. (SC)
  • First Steps Family Learning Center - P.A.T./Lexington County School District 3 (SC)
  • Home Education Learning Partners/Clarendon District Two- First Steps (SC)
  • Jasper County First Steps (SC)
  • Parent Education/Family Literacy - P.A.T./Pickens County School District (SC)
  • Parent Information & Resource Center/Lexington County School District 1 (SC)
  • PAT - Parenting Partnerships/York School District One (SC)
  • Richland County First Steps To School Readiness/SC Department of Education (SC)
  • School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties/Ready by Five (SC)
  • STAR: Starting Together…...Arriving Ready/Pair Education Center (SC)
  • ChildCareGroup Parents as Teachers (TX)
  • Community Healthcore (TX)
  • Highland Park Elementary School (TX)
  • Precious Minds New Connections/McKenna System (TX)
  • Richardson Independent School District (TX)
  • The Parenting Cottage - Parents as Teachers (TX)
  • Waco ISD Parents as Teachers/Waco Independent School District (TX)
  • Parent Connection/Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin (WI)
  • Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network (WI)
  • Wetzel County Center for Children and Families (WI)