What is PAT?

  • What is PAT?

    Harrisonville Parents As Teachers

    • A free and voluntary program to parents in the district with children
    ages birth to 5

    • Expectant parents are also invited to join the program

    • Staffed by experienced ParentEducators, who are also parents

    Services provided by Parents As Teachers

    • Home visits for children ages birth to five

    • Group meetings for families

    • Periodic screenings of overall development, health, hearing and vision

    • Sharing Times Playgroups weekly

    • Bi-Monthly newsletter filled with information on parenting topics, dates to know, fun and creative ideas

    • Special events including Wild and Wacky, Infant Massage class, Infant and Child CPR, Pajama Party, Family Fun Night, Kindergarten Readiness, and Guest Lecturers

    Call 380-4421 for information and/or program references

    PAT -- An Overview
    Parents As Teachers recognizes your family’s strengths and that you are the expert on your child. The program helps you become involved in the education of your child from the beginning of his or her life through personal visits with the parent educator, the heart of PAT. With the Born to Learn Curriculum, parent educators will help you discover ways to promote age appropriate development of your young child.

    The PAT program offers child development activities that encourage language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills, and suggest ways to strengthen your relationship with your child.

    PAT creates a positive impact on your community as well. Studies show that children achieve greater academic success over time, and that parents increase confidence in their parenting role. Through the program, parents also become familiar with their community resources and develop good relationships with the school from the beginning.

    History of PAT
    Parents As Teachers began in 1981 in Missouri as a pilot project for first-time parents of newborns. Today more than 2,600 Parents As Teachers programs are in place in 49 states, six countries and five US territories.

Meet our PAT Educators

  • Leigh Ann Friedrich
    Leigh Ann has been a Parent Educator since 1984. She graduated from CMSU with a BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Special Education. She taught kindergarten for 13 years and was an early childhood special education teacher for seven years. Leigh Ann has a daughter in high school and a son at the middle school.
    Email:  leigh.friedrich@harrisonvilleschools.org
    Phone:  (816) 380-4421, ext. 2805 

    Lanagayle Kirkemo
    Lanagayle has been a teacher since 1995. She graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with an Elementary Education degree and an Early Childhood emphasis.  She earned her Master’s in Language and Literacy from UMKC. She taught first and second grade in Kansas and Missouri.  She is a parent of three children in the Harrisonville School District.  
    Email:  lanagayle.kirkemo@harrisonvilleschools.org
    Phone:  (816) 380-4421, ext. 2804