The History of Parents as Teachers

In the early 1980s, Missouri pioneered the concept of partnering with parents to embrace their important role as their child’s first and most influential teacher. The effort was led by Mildred Winter, a kindergarten teacher who was born in 1920 and was raised in St. Louis. Mildred recognized that providing hands-on support and effective learning tools during the critical first years of life is essential to helping parents raise healthy and successful children.

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PAT Founder Mildred Winter discusses the beginnings of the Parents as Teachers program

PAT Founder Mildred Winter

As parents shape their children, so will their children shape the world.

Mildred Winter  

   Founder of Parents As Teachers