What is Parents As Teachers?

Parents as Teachers is here to help you!

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child reaches the age of 5.
Parents are supported by PAT-certified parent educators trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how and why advice for families. By understanding what to expect during each stage of development, parents can easily capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance their child's language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills

As a PAT 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.

FREE Screenings -- to assess your child's overall development as well as health, hearing and vision. Resource network -- that links your family to other community services.

To receive emails of PAT reminders and announcements, please e-mail Amy at asheler@usd261.com or call 554-2303.

Visit the National Parents As Teachers Website

Bridge to Bright Beginnings

Bridge to Bright Beginnings is a child-centered parent participation preschool class for children who have turned 3. Children attend a once-a-week structured class with a parent or other adult caregiver. Our curriculum is thoughtfully designed to include a balance of parent and teacher-directed activities with child-initiated learning experiences. While in class and during at-home assignments, children work on mastering the state standards for 3-year-olds in fun and effective ways. The classes are taught by highly qualified state certified early childhood teachers and family educators who believe all children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential. Class sizes are small and slots are limited. Enrollment is open to anyone in USD 261 with a 3-year-old eligible to participate. The cost for the class is $20. Call 554-2303 to enroll.


Our Mission:

To provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

Look What's Happening






Play Groups

Where: Various Locations
When: Mondays
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sing & Rhyme Storytime

Where: Haysville Library
When: Thursdays
Time: 10:30 AM

Explorer Lab

Where: P.A.T.
When: Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Book Look Club

Where: P.A.T.
When: Third Thursday of every month
Time: 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Diaper Pantry

Parents As Teachers is has a Community Diaper Pantry so that all babies can start life healthy and ready to learn!

Why Diapers?

  • A baby needs 10-12 diapers a day, costing 100-$120 per month.
  • 1 in 20 moms who has had to cut back on other purchases to pay for diapers has reused a disposable diaper.
  • 36% of parents living in poverty routinely run out of diapers for their infants and toddlers.
  • Babies who remain in dirty diapers for prolonged periods experience diaper rash, infections, and other health problems.
  • Excessive crying, often the result of diaper rash or discomfort, is the number one cause of child abuse.
  • Safety net programs, such as WIC and food stamps, do NOT cover the cost of diapers.

For more information, please contact Parents As Teachers at 554-2303.

Diaper Donations Accepted

Our Staff

Emily Goetz, Director email: egoetz@usd261.com
Amy Sheler, Secretary email: asheler@usd261.com
Savannah Bazil, Teacher email: sbazil@usd261.com
Alison Gonzalez, Teacher email: agonzalez@usd261.com
Becky Stobart, Teacher email: bstobart@usd261.com
Ali Peissig, Teacher email: apeissig@usd261.com
Kim Schoenfeld, Teacher email: kschoenfeld@usd261.com
Stephanie Taylor, Teacher email: staylor@usd261.com
Meg Yenser, Teacher email: myenser@usd261.com

Contact Us

Parents As Teachers
134 Stewart
Haysville, KS 67060
P: (316) 554-2303
F: (316) 554-2342

Program Director:
Emily Goetz