You Are Your Child’s First Teacher

In-home support for your parenting journey and your child’s success.

As a parent, you are your child’s first – and most important – teacher. But we all know that our children do not come with a handbook! Parents as Teachers helps you embrace and navigate this critical parenting role so you can feel confident and competent in preparing your little one for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

Parents as Teachers Services

Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based home visiting program that promotes healthy development, school readiness, support for the parent-child relationship, and family well-being for children and families, prenatal through kindergarten. We support you and give you the skills to work, play and read directly with your children so they can reach their full potential, both developmentally and emotionally.

Family Support Services

When you enroll in Parents as Teachers, you will form a special one-on-one relationship with one of our warm and caring parent educators. Every month – or more frequently, depending on your specific goals and needs – your assigned Parent Educator will come to your home to spend a fun and informative hour with you and your family. Together, you will set goals, practice activities, discuss topics, and problem-solve issues specific to your child and/or parenting experience.

For more information and to enroll, call (813) 673-4646 ext 1145 or e-mail

Classes & Workshops

This interactive one-time workshop will help you understand what to expect developmentally before and after baby is born. You will learn fun ideas for activities that enhance your child’s development and help build secure attachment between you and your child. We will cover a wide range of topics, from how much sleep your baby needs to newborn and Infant care skills.

Visit our calendar to see when the next Baby Matters is scheduled. Call (813) 673-4646 x1175 or e-mail to register.

Provided throughout the year at various community locations, Group Connections are fun and educational monthly activities for parents and children. Join us for special family experiences, learning opportunities, and to get to know other parents with whom you can share support and grow together.

Visit our calendar to see when the next Group Connection is scheduled. Call (813) 673-4646 x1175 or e-mail to register.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any family in Hillsborough County with a child who is Kindergarten age or younger can enroll in Parents as Teachers. This includes expecting families. Moms and Dads alike are welcomed and encouraged to be a part of home visits and Group Connections. Once you are enrolled, you can remain enrolled for as long as at least one child in your household meets the age qualifications.

No, all Parents as Teachers services are completely free to you.
For more information and to enroll, call (813) 673-4646 ext 1145 or e-mail

Yes! While your Parent Educator will be focused on you and the child or children who have enrolled in Parents as Teachers, other family members who have a role in the child’s life are welcome to participate. If they are a household member who has a role in raising the child, it may even be useful to have them engage in parts of certain home visits, as appropriate.

Parent Educators will travel anywhere in Hillsborough County to visit you and your family!
Parents as Teachers is generously funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and United Way Suncoast, as well as select private foundations, individuals, and local businesses. Current and past funders include the Florida Blue Foundation and the PNC Bank Foundation.