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Parents as Teachers
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Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers helps parents become their children’s first and most important teacher. Our office locations in Boulder, Longmont, and at Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette.

Parents as Teachers is a home visiting program that works with families in Boulder County, from prenatal through 5 years old. PAT parent educators bring lessons and information specific to the needs of each individual child and parent.

Parent educators visit the family’s home twice a month for about one hour per visit. All PAT’s services are free and there are no financial restrictions to enroll. PAT is for every family and every family is welcome.

PAT parent educators bring activities, lessons and information specific to the needs of each individual child and parent. Parent educators visit the family’s home twice a month for about one hour per visit. All PAT’s services are free and there are no financial restrictions to enroll. PAT is for every family and every family is welcome. PAT parent educators are bilingual; our program and services are offered in English and Spanish, depending on the needs of the individual family. PAT serves all of Boulder County and comes to your home. It is best if children are 4 years or younger to begin the program.

PAT is for everyone!

It is our philosophy that all parents will benefit from external support from prenatal through the first 5 years of their children’s lives.

A PAT parent educator will visit the family twice a month, for about an hour each visit and will bring activities tailored to the individual needs of the family. PAT parent educators help parents see what they may be missing.

Our parent educators provide advice and are a confidential, nonjudgmental sounding board for parents. We specialize in bringing fresh ideas and energy into the parent/child relationship.

We typically work with families for at least one to two years.

PAT’s focus areas: Development

PAT parent educators develop lessons which are designed to support your child’s development.

Topics include:

  • Language Skills
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills
  • Intellectual Skills
  • Social/Emotional Skills

These skills increase school readiness so children enter school ready to learn.


PAT helps children develop a love of reading by encouraging parents to enjoy books in a variety of ways. We encourage family literacy by bringing and sharing books.

Parenting Skills

We will work with families on parenting skills such as:

  • Positive Discipline Techniques
  • Toilet Training
  • Nutrition
  • Sibling Relationships
  • And whatever else might be happening in your family.


We help connect families to community resources from social services, to recreation centers, libraries and children’s museums. PAT families are invited to a monthly Group Connection that brings families out into the community, provides a topical presentation or workshop and offers social time for parents and children. Join us for food and fun!

Home Visitation Programs

Elaan Brudno

My name is Elaan and I am the coordinator of the Parents as Teachers program in Boulder County. I have been working with children for over fifteen years in childcare, teaching, and counseling. I am passionate about children having every opportunity and I believe that being raised by loving and supportive parents is the foundation of children leading successful lives. I have a young son named Shyo and I love to play and go on fun adventures with him. In my free time, I love to do yoga, ride my bike, read, and listen to music.
Email: | Phone: 303-204-3302

Elise Silva

My name is Elise and I have worked with children and families in varying capacities for over a decade. I bring a unique and holistic perspective to this work that comes from my experience working with low income families, my education in “De-Privilegizing Health”. I am excited to draw upon that knowledge base to effect tangible, positive change in our community. In have a young daughter named Lila and I love to dance!

Arpita Kishen

My name is Arpita and I began working as a Parent Educator with Boulder County’s Parents as Teachers Program in January 2014. I have over 8 years of teaching experience in early childhood education and I am bilingual in English and Spanish. In my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, hiking in the mountains, laying in the sunshine, dancing and most of all, spending time with my young son, Khalil.

Our Vision

All children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

Our Mission

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

Our Values

The early years of a child’s life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and in life. Parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers.

Established and emerging research should be the foundation of parent education and family support curricula, training, materials and services. All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic or economic considerations. An understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of diverse cultures is essential in serving families.

We Develop Curricula

Grounded in the latest research, Parents as Teachers develops curricula that support a parent’s role in promoting school readiness and healthy development of children. Our approach is intimate and relationship-based. We embrace learning experiences that are relevant and customized for the individual needs of each family and child. As a result, individuals and organizations who use our curricula benefit from our understanding of the evolving needs of today’s families and children.

We Train Professionals

Our organization is successful only when those we support are able to effectively meet the needs of the children and families they serve. Leading health, education and social service organizations and professionals seek out Parents as Teachers curricula and training because of its flexibility to easily integrate with other services they provide. We know our partners serve broad and diverse populations, so our training addresses the developmental needs of any child, including those most vulnerable. We offer providers practical, hands-on applications for parents in real-world situations.

We Advocate for Children and Families

We are a champion for early intervention and parental involvement and serve as a unified voice for early childhood education and healthy child development. We raise awareness and shape policy around evidence-based practices that support the importance of enhancing school readiness by reaching children during the critical, formative years of life.

We Set High Standards

Our commitment to research and quality drives our organization. We are committed to evidenced-based research in order to offer the most relevant information and tools to early childhood development and education providers. The efforts of our work help our partners positively impact children during their most critical, early years of life.

Trusted Resource

Parents as Teachers is the trusted resource providing a proven home visiting model for the most respected organizations and professionals who meet the evolving needs of families. Our work with the professional community helps young children grow up healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Our internationally recognized network of organizations and professionals supports hundreds of thousands of families in all 50 states as well as many other countries through a proven parent education model featuring intimate, in-home visits with parents and children.

Valued Partner

Organizations and professionals who come to Parents as Teachers benefit from a portfolio of resources and training that are relevant and widely applicable to today’s parents, families and children, especially those most vulnerable.

Through Parents as Teachers, educators, child care providers and health providers help communities partner with parents to do a better job of preparing children for a stronger start in life for example, through early detection of developmental delays and health issues and for greater success in school.

Child Development Champion

Through advocacy and outreach, Parents as Teachers serves as a voice for early childhood education and champions the critical role of parental involvement and early intervention in the education continuum. Parents as Teachers raises awareness and works to shape policy around the importance of enhancing school readiness by reaching children during the critical, formative years of life.

Group Connections are social events for the whole family!

This is a great way to connect with other parents and let the kids play together. Each group connection has a workshop or presentation along with food and social time. We rotate between Boulder, Longmont, and Lafayette.

Group Connections take place the last week of each month.
Time and day varies. Please call Elaan for more information 303-204-3302.

For Upcoming Group Connections

Please contact:
Phone: 303-204-3302

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Phone: 303-441-1000
TTY: 1-800-659-3656
Fax: 303-441-1523
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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306

Boulder Location

3460 Broadway
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2525 13th St, Suite 204
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Fax: 720-564-2283
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - M-F

Longmont Location

515 Coffman Street
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