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 PAT Parent Educators help parents understand the critical importance of their child's early years and suggest ways in which parents can maximize those windows of opportunity with fun every day activities. PAT believes that a good school start begins at birth.

Parents as Teachers
1101 N. Mulberry
Abilene, KS 67410

Phone: 785-263-4006

Staff email contacts:

Lori Portelli, Program Coordinator & Parent Educator

Meta West, Program Supervisor

Mary Duey, Parent Educator 

Marissa Steerman

Janice Schroeder


Find us on Facebook @ Parents as Teachers - Abilene, Ks.

Services Include:

  • Personal Visits — Personal visits offer parents timely information about each stage of their child's development and learning.
  • Group Connections — Frequently scheduled get-togethers with other parents provide opportunities to gain new insights and share common interests.
  • Screenings— Periodic screenings help assess the overall development in language, social, intellect, motor and health.
  • Resource Networking — Networking links families with community resources and services beyond the scope of the PAT program. See our Resource Network tab. 



We offer parenting resources for checkout. To see what's available, download our lists of literacy kits &/or parenting materials. Any of these items can be checked out by contacting your Parent Educator.