Parents as Teachers

"SAFE did not happen by accident, it is the result of visionary planning on the part of Sylacauga and Talladega County citizens who met the test of leadership and proclaimed to the world....we value families and we will build a support system so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed."

 - Mary A. Jolly, Executive Director Emeritus, Alabama Network of Family Resource Centers


Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a free home visitation program that provides support to pregnant women, mothers, fathers, and other caregivers of young children.  PAT builds strong communities, thriving families and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn by matching parents and caregivers with trained professionals who make regular personal home visits during a child’s earliest years in life, from prenatal to kindergarten.  The program is combined with group meetings where other PAT families can engage, support and share experiences. 



SAFE’s Parents as Teachers program began in April of 2014 through MIECHV funding administered by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education.  The SAFE PAT program serves families throughout Coosa, Clay and Talladega Counties. 

Success Story

This Mother of three children was unemployed with no transportation and no immediate support system.  She could not access the local Head Start for services, because she could not get the children there.  One child had just turned 3 yrs. old, when I begin to work with the family. The child would make ‘sounds’ or “noises” for words and use gestures to communicate. Mother indicated that she thought this was normal, his making sounds, and referred to her oldest child as starting out like that, but he talks correctly.  She attributed it to the fact that the  three year old child would develop just like her first child.  Parent-child activities revealed a lack of readiness and communication skills. The parent educator administered the ASQ assessments and the results helped confirm the child had developmental delays. 

The parent educator helped the mother see her worth and set goals.  Education, finances, and transportation were three goals set, with a plan of action.  She now has transportation and started a savings plan.  Also, the parent educator referred the family to educational agencies, where the child has now been evaluated and will be receiving services soon. 

With this team of possibilities, Parents as Teachers, Board of Education, Help Me Grow, and the parents, this is simply a recipe for learning!


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The Parent As Teachers Staff Includes:

Patsy Jones- Program Manager Parents as Teachers

Shawnna Yates - Program Coordinator Parents as Teachers and HIPPY

Mary Ellen Harbison - Parent Educator

Jo Ann Shealey - Parent Educator

Tiffany McCain - Parent Educator

Cotrina Hollinquest - Parent Educator