Parents as Teachers (PAT4YOU)

The FIU Parents as Teachers (PAT4YOU), funded since 2006 by The Children’s Trust, is a home visitation program serving families with children from birth to age three. Parents As Teachers National Center parenting programs form the basis of the PAT4YOU program. PAT4YOU provides learning experiences that fit the individual needs of each family and child. The program supports a parent’s role in promoting school readiness and healthy development of children. Home visits are biweekly; group meetings are held monthly. PAT4YOU also provides developmental screenings and resource networks. More than 95% of participants have completed the full three year program.

Faculty and Staff

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Dr. Suzanna Rose – Principal Investigator
Dr. Rose has worked with the PAT4YOU experts at FIU funded by The Children’s Trust since April 2006. She is a Developmental Psychologist with experience in early childhood development. Learn more about Dr. Rose at: http://www.fiu.edu/~srose. You can contact Dr. Rose at srose@fiu.edu.

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Ms. Debbie Rudnicki, M.A. – PAT Project Director
Ms. Rudnicki has over thirty years of experience in early childhood education and is certified by the Parents-as-Teachers National Center. She provides home visitations and group meetings for participating families, ensures delivery of services, provides direct supervision of the PAT model, and collaborates with local agencies and national programs. You can contact Ms. Rudnicki at: rudnicki@fiu.edu.

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Ms. Yina Herrera – PAT Specialist
Ms. Herrera has a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Del Rosario University Bogota-Colombia and a M.S. in Early  Intervention from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale.  Ms. Herrera has over  twenty years of experience in early childhood and the last  fourteen years as a PATNC certified early childhood educator. She implements the Foundational Curriculum as mandated by PATNC, provides home visitation, developmental screenings, and group connections  with the participant families that enhance parent skills appropriate for developmental levels of their children from birth to age 4. You can contact Ms. Herrera at herreray@fiu.edu.

 

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Ms. Halida Florez – PAT Specialist
Ms. Florez is a PATNC early childhood education specialist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Del Rosario University, Colombia and a M.S. in Early Intervention from Nova Southeastern University, Florida. Ms. Florez implements the Foundational Curriculum as mandated by PATNC providing home visitation, group connections, developmental screenings and resources network that enhances parenting skills appropriate to meet the developmental needs of their children from birth to age 4.  You can contact Ms. Florez at
florezh@fiu.edu