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8 months ago

Parenting support. 




Home visitation program for any family in Lamar County with children ages birth to five.  We also work with pregnant and/or parenting teens - check out our Young Parents as Teachers page.

Parents as Teachers is an early childhood parent education and support program.  It is a free and voluntary program offered through the Lamar County School District for families residing in Lamar County with children ages birth to five.  In the first few years, children learn more and at a faster pace than at any other time in life.  You help shape your child's future through the kinds of experiences you provide.  Your baby was born to learn, and as a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher.

Parents as Teachers is here to help you!  Parents are supported by Certified Parent Educators trained to help you understand what to expect during each stage of your child's development, which helps you capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance a child's language development, intellectual growth, social development, and motor skills.

As a Parents as Teachers family, you receive:

  • Personal visits - during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns.
  • Parent group meetings - which are opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development.  Parents learn and support each other, observe their children with other children, and practice parenting skills.
  • Screenings - to assess your child's language development, intellectual growth, social development, and motor skills.  Milestones are monitored in order to identify any potential concern before it becomes an obstacle to your child's development.
  • Resource network - that link your family to other community services.
  • Parent resource center - to checkout educational materials, such as toys, books, and manipulatives to use at home.
Enroll today!  You and your baby deserve the support Parents as Teachers offers.  

Recent Events

8 months ago

Track-A-Truck 2019

Climb. Honk. Explore. Discover.

Parents as Teachers hosted our first Track-a-Truck event on Nov. 7th at the Lamar County Multipurpose in Purvis.  It was a hands-on literacy and vehicle experience.  Children engaged in a story time and explored a variety of vehicles.

Roll & Read Literacy Events 

One of our favorite traditions is hosting a Roll & Read Literacy Event for our Pre-k families, our PAT families, as well as for the community. It is an opportunity to highlight a book, offer a story time, extend the book with hands-on activities, and promote literacy within our community.  Our first Roll and Read event was in 2016, featuring Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  It is now an annual event, and we love highlighting new books and offering this event at new locations throughout the community.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook to find out about upcoming events!

Little Blue Truck is one of the books we've highlighted for our Roll & Read, which was held at The Barn at Bridlewood in Hattiesburg.

Our very first Roll & Read was held in 2016 and featured Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? at J's Place Park in Oak Grove.

We've highlighted several Pete the Cat books in our Roll & Read events.  Locations have included J's Place Park and Oak Grove Primary.

The Greatest Showman inspired our Under the Big Top Roll and Read, which was held at Planet Gymnastics and offered circus style games and an acrobatic performance.

Read Across America is a day to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday.  We celebrate in style by taking over the Target department store and offering story times and activities.

We also have events for our Parents as Teachers families, such as field trips to Mitchell Farms, Easter Egg Hunts, Q&A with local physicians, Kindergarten Readiness, etc.


Contact Us

8 months ago

April Burnside
PAT Coordinator/Parent Educator

Alicia Clark
Parent Educator

Charity Green
Parent Educator

Paula Wilson
Administrative Assistant