Parents As Teachers (PAT) is a completely voluntary program for all families based on the belief that parents are their child's first and most influential teachers. It is our goal to help you give your child the best possible start in life. Parents As Teachers is a free parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child turns three years old.

As a Parents As Teachers family, you receive:

Personal Visits: your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns.

Group Connections: 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.

Screenings: to assess your child's overall development as well as health, hearing, and vision.

Resource Network: links your family to other community services.


Second & Fourth Tuesday evenings--6:30-7:30 P.M.

Herington Elementary School

1403 North D Street, Room 220

All families with children from birth to three are invited and siblings may join.

We have a large selection of age appropriate toys and various activities for parents and children to do together.

Contact Information:

Herington Elementary School
1403 North D, Room 209
Herington, KS 67449
Office: 785-258-3234, ext. 209
Cell: 785-258-0040

Sara Hunnicutt
Coordinator/Parent Educator

Sara has been a parent educator since the summer of 2005 and is certified to serve families with children prenatal to age 5. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Family Life and Community Service with an emphasis in child development. Sara and her husband, Gordon, have three young children that keep their lives full of joy and excitement.

Erika Hoffmann

Parent Educator

Erika has been working for Parents as Teachers since the summer of 2013. She is certified to serve families with children prenatal to three years old. She has an AA degree in Liberal Arts and will be graduating from Kansas State University in December 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies Human Services. She has worked in the daycare setting and enjoys spending time with children. Her dog Tucker is her pride and joy. He is four years old and always keeps her smiling!