Parents as Teachers


Parents as Teachers


Call 208-327-8598
or Email Parents as Teachers

A parent is a child’s first and most important teacher. But we know that children don’t come with an instruction manual. This FREE program is designed to provide parents with information and to help build their children’s intellectual, language, social, and physical development from birth to kindergarten age.

Each stage in a child’s development is important, and comes with opportunities for learning. Parents as Teachers helps guide parents through these stages and gives them tools for success.

Why Parents as Teachers?

Learning begins at birth, and by age three, children have learned 75 percent of all the language skills they will have as adults. A parent is a child’s first and most important teacher. In the first few years, children learn more and at a much faster pace than any other time in life. By age three, a child’s brain is 80 percent of the size of the adult brain.

Who Can Participate?

Parents and caregivers residing in Ada or Elmore County who are pregnant or have children birth to kindergarten age can participate in the program. Other eligibility criteria apply. Call 208-327-8598 or email us for details.


In-Home Visits
Clients will receive personal visits from a certified parent educator offering timely, age appropriate information including:

  • Prenatal care for healthy fetal growth and development
  • What to expect as your child grows and develops
  • How to encourage intellectual development, curiosity and language development
  • Focused observations using child development information
  • Confidential discussion of your parenting concerns
  • Fun activities to help your child prepare for school

Peer Support

  • Share information about child development, parenting issues and concerns at group meetings
  • Observe your child playing with other children
  • Make connections with other parents and provide support to each other


  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Developmental

Resource Network

  • Links to information, resources and community services

Call or email us with any questions you have about the PAT program and how you can sign up, today!

Michelle Graff
Email PAT


upcoming events

Oct 27 5:15 pm
CDH Board of Health Meeting

The next Board of Health meeting is on October 27 at 5:15 pm - view the public notice & agenda, HERE. View the updated Ada County Order, HERE. The CDH Board of Health will hold meetings via video conference on Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. at its Armstrong Office in Boise, ID. Learn more about BOH meetings, HERE. View past meetings via YouTube.

Serving You During COVID-19

Some CDH events, meetings, and gatherings may still be postponed at this time. Please call us at 208-375-5211 with questions about a specific meeting or gathering. CDH is open and offering services, including food and septic permit applications and processing, primary care clinic appointments (non-respiratory-related).

Call to make a clinic appointment: 208-327-7400

Learn more about how we're serving you during COVID-19 HERE.


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