PARENTS AS TEACHERS is a free program, available to residents of the Bristol Warren Regional School District who have children aged from birth to kindergarten entry. 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. 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.
  • 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.  With COVID-19 concerns, personal visits are being conducted outdoors (either in the backyard or at a local park), virtually, or in the home with or without masks. All Parent Educators are vaccinated.

    Group Connections and Field Trips—Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are currently holding our Group Connections outdoors in Bristol and Warren.   Group Connections are a chance for parents to 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. 

    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.

    Quarterly 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.


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  • 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 both the Bristol Health Equity Zone Steering Committee and the Bristol Prevention Coalition.

    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 is the Family Visiting Workforce Council Chairperson under the RI Dept of Health’s Strategic Planning Task Force. Kathleen has three children.

    Beth Porter, Parent Educator

    Beth joined the PAT team in 2021. She has two children. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Elementary and Early Childhood certifications. She has worked with many different age groups over the last 20 years. Beth is also a trained Postpartum Doula.

  • 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.


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

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

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

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