A smarter way to start

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Smart Start of Davie County offers free resources for families with young children, including Parents as Teachers (PAT), a home-visiting, parent education program.

“Sometimes it would be nice if a baby, toddler or preschooler came with a manual,” said Susan McBride, family support coordinator and parent educator. “Welcoming a newborn into the world is an overwhelming and cherished experience. After being discharged from the hospital the feeling of now what sets in quickly for many new parents. The Parents as Teachers program can help ease that transition.”

The program has begun using LENA Home to provide families with practical feedback and coaching on how to increase conversations with their children, a critical factor in early brain development.