Parents as Teachers & Meld make it a day with a Field Trip
Group goes to Peter Piper Pizza and the San Antonio Children's Museum
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a component of MHM's Parenting Programs, and is designed to help parents with children under the age of three recognize their children's development milestones in order to prepare them for school and to support their overall health and well-being. PAT is based on the belief that the early years of a child's life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and in life, and that parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.
In addition to their regularly scheduled home visits, PAT hosts annual family field trips as a benefit to program participants.
"Since PAT is a home visitation program, this field trip affords parents the opportunity to meet with other parents in the program. It's a great experience for all involved. The parents are able to forge connections with other care givers in the community, children get to explore the educational amenities San Antonio has to offer, and MHM team members are able to witness, first-hand the impacts of their work; it's an important time for all of us," explains Ericka J. Lima, Parenting Programs Coordinator.
In September, PAT participants along with two Meld Growing Families groups took part in a family field trip to the San Antonio Children's Museum and Peter Piper Pizza. PAT parents and children, and MHM team members came together to celebrate the successes of the program and strengthen their bonds as parents and guardians. In the end, a total of approximately 50 families attended the field trip.