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Parents as Teachers
Phone: (520) 545-3381
5445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ, 85706

JUNE 27, 2017 / MODIFIED FEB 24, 2021 02:00 PM
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Sunnyside Unified School District Parents as Teachers Program (Sunnyside PAT) is an evidence-based model that is proven, award winning and internationally-used. Our programs provide services to families and children from prenatal through kindergarten. As a result of these effective services, PAT has been awarded the revered Blue Ribbon Affiliate Designation. This designation is the result of years of dedicated teamwork, strategic planning and passionate service provided for more than 7,000 families in the Sunnyside district.

The four dynamic components of the Parents as Teachers model are Personal Home Visits, Group Connections (Stay and Play; Library Story Hour; Dad & Me), Resource Network and Child Screening. Together, these four components form a cohesive package of services with four primary goals:

  • Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices.
  • Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues.
  • Prevent child abuse and neglect.
  • Increase children’s school readiness and success.

Who is served by the program

Sunnyside PAT has the vision that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential. Sunnyside PAT has been an affiliate of the PAT National Center since its inception in 1997 and has served over 6,500 families and 7,000 children. Currently, PAT is working with single parents, grandparents, teen and foster parents, family and kin caregivers, who have transitioned to serve as primary caregivers, single fathers and refugee families from Somalia. In the past ten years, Sunnyside PAT has served over 500 teens, including those from the Sunnyside High School and Desert View High School. Sunnyside PAT has provided evening programs for fathers at the neighborhood elementary school, helping them to build their child’s language and literacy skills. As a result of this program, 160 dads have participated in home visits.

Incentives of Program

  • Stay and Plays
  • Evening Programs for Dads
  • Library/Story Hour
  • Field Trips
  • Reading Incentive Program

Front Office Staff

Becky Ridge- Program Coordinator

rebeccar@susd12.org  520-545-3381

Program Analyst PAT

(520) 545-3384

Important Dates for the Program

Library Story Hour
Los Ranchitos Resource Center
9:00-10:00 am


Stay & Play
Los Ninos Elementary School
9:00-10:00 am



End-of-the-year Celebration
Los Ninos Elementary School
6:00-7:00 pm

Dad & Me
Los Ninos Elementary School
6:00-7:00 pm

More about the program
Additional Information, applications, videos www.tucsonpat.org