Family Support Programs
Through Four Oaks, Dubuque County Early Childhood offers a Parents as Teachers (PAT) program with family support and home visitation to families of children age birth to five. PAT is a free, voluntary program designed to provide information to families regarding child development and early health/learning. The program is available to Dubuque County families who have a child prenatal to kindergarten entry (some eligibility guidelines may apply).
The PAT program was created in 1981 by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; it was designed to maximize children’s overall development during the first five years of life. PAT is based on the basis that parents are the first and most influential teachers of their children and that the early years lay the foundation for a child’s life.
For more information, contact the PAT program at Four Oaks, 180 W. 15th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001, (563) 557-3100, www.fouroaks.org.