Parents and Teachers Together (PATT):
PATT is a three-year project investigating whether a combination of interventions, one in the school and one in the home, has a greater effect on children’s school readiness skills. PATT seeks to determine the added benefit to low-income, at-risk, preschool age children’s literacy, language, and social development of targeting teacher instructional practices and the use of a responsive interactive style in the classroom, in combination with parent use of a responsive style in the home. Teachers in local Head Start programs participate in the Texas School Ready! (TSR!) program, while parents of students in their classrooms receive training in the Play and Learning Strategies (PALS) program. The study also investigates whether these positive changes in children’s school readiness skills are sustained into kindergarten. The study is funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), a part of the U.S. Department of Education. In the 2010-2011 school year, a grant from the Still Water Foundation allowed the project to expand to include several sites in Austin in addition to the Houston-area sites.