Parents as Teachers shares the vision that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential. The Parents as Teachers model is designed to be used in any community and with any family during the crucial early years of their children’s lives. Parents as Teachers affiliates are housed in school districts, family resource centers, hospitals, housing authorities, health clinics, and other organizations across the United States and Canada, as well as internationally.

Any and every family caring for young children can benefit from Parents as Teachers services. While the Parents as Teachers model is designed for universal access to services because all young children and their families deserve the same opportunities, many of our affiliates target specific populations or families with multiple high needs characteristics. Our model provides research informed supports for effective engagement with families across the spectrum of high needs characteristics.

More than half of the families served by Parents as Teachers affiliates have multiple high needs characteristics such as:

  • Court-appointed legal guardians and/or foster care
  • Homeless or unstable housing
  • Incarcerated parent(s)
  • Very low birth weight
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Domestic/Intimate Partner violence
  • Child Abuse or Neglect
  • Military family
  • Teen Parent
  • Child with disabilities or chronic health condition
  • Parent with disabilities or chronic health condition
  • Parent with mental illness
  • Low educational attainment
  • Low Income
  • Recent immigrant or refugee family
  • Substance abuse