• Bristol Warren
    Parents as Teachers


  • A FREE program, available to residents of the Bristol Warren Regional School District who have children ranging in age from infant to pre-k (0-5).  Our goals are to improve caregiver knowledge of child development, develop parenting capabilities, and promote school readiness.  The program uses a national scientifically valid and evidence-based early childhood curriculum.

  • PAT Group Connections

  • Parents as Teachers offers:

    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 and Field Trips—Attend our Group Connections at Reynolds Art and Wellness Center in Bristol and enjoy opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development.  Parents learn and support each other, observe their children interacting with other children, and practice parenting skills.  Click here for additional information on Group Connections.

    Screenings— Assessments of your child's overall development, as well as health, hearing, and vision.

    Resource Network— Linking your family to services in the community.

    Monthly Newsletter— Letting you know about special events, recreational opportunities for kids and families in the community, and sharing information on varied parenting topics, and ideas for activities.

    Certified Parent Educators provide all four service components, customized to meet the needs of each individual family.  We also offer playgroups and other enrichment programs such as field trips and parent workshops.


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  • Outcomes

    Parents as Teachers Children:

    • at age 3 are significantly more advanced in language, social development, problem solving, and other cognitive abilities than comparison children;  
    • and score higher on kindergarten readiness tests and on standardized measures of achievement in early grades.

    Parents as Teachers Parents:

    • are more confident parents;
    • read more to their children;
    • and are more involved in their children's education.


  • Testimonials

  • Contact Information
    Parents as Teachers Program Manager
    Emily Spence
    (401) 245-1460 ext. 8510


  • Meet Our Parent Educators

    Emily Spence, Program Manager

    Emily started in the PAT program as a mother of twins and became a parent educator in 1998.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters in Special Education.  Emily is co-founder of Bristol Warren Thrive by Five and Beyond, a network of professionals working with children and families.  She is a member of the Friends Board of Directors for the Rogers Free Library, and serves on the Board of the RI Association for Infant Mental Health.

    Sarah Bullard, Parent Educator

    Sarah is mother to four school-aged children and has been a Parent Educator since 2013.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Government, and a Graduate Diploma of International Relations, as well as 4 years experience as a preschool teacher.  Sarah is a member of the Boards of Directors for the Bristol Warren Education Foundation and Bristol Theatre Company. 

    Kathleen Boylan, Parent Educator

    Kathleen joined the PAT program in 2016 with 28 years of experience in the fields of human services and early childhood education and development.  She has an undergraduate degree in Human Services and Counseling and a Masters in Education.  Kathleen has three children.

    Mary-Ellen (Mel) Bynum, Parent Educator

    Mel joined the PAT program in 2019 as a Parent Educator.  She has a degree in Human Services and Early Childhood Education.  Mel has been an educator for twenty-eight years.  In addition to being the mother of two sons and a rescued lab, Mel is also an artist.  She is the instructor of a children's multimedium art enrichment after school program.  Mel is the founder and chairperson of the Rhode Island Chapter of Pops 4 Patients, a local charity that donates toys to children in the hospital or in treatment.

  • Bristol Warren Family Resource Center
    PAT Program
    Hugh Cole Elementary School

    50 Asylum Road
    Warren, RI 02885
    (401) 245-1460 ext. 8510