Early Learning

We believe that helping parents know their roles and responsibilities, as it pertains to their child’s education, is of utmost importance.

Our Early Learning programs use the Parents as Teachers method which utilizes an evidence-based early home visitation program to optimize early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging parents and caregivers. It ensures parents with children ages 0-5 take an active role early on through parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being.  PAT programs  also offer personal home visits, health screenings, community connections, and play-and-learns with other children. We currently offer three different Parents as Teachers programs:



For: Parents and Children

Striving to Meet Academic Readiness Together (SMART) is for parents or guardians of children 0-5 years old residing in Fulton County. By learning what to expect during each stage of development, parents can capture the teachable moments to prepare their children for a lifetime of learning. Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers!

SMART also supports parents in our Shelter-A-Family and Second Chance Home programs.


For: Parents and Children

In Spanish, “CHISPA” means “Spark”.  CHISPA, specifically for the Spanish-speaking community in Gwinnett county,  focuses on the early education of children, ages 0-5 years old. Our bi-lingual parent educators visit young parents in the home and provide parent leadership training as well as school transition and literacy activities. CHISPA also serves as a Learning Laboratory for communities that are planning or beginning to implement the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Partnerships Advancing Childhood Education (PACE) model. In 2013, Families First and the Boy Scouts of America began a partnership that brought the tradition of Boy Scouts to the young boys of the CHISPA program.



For: Parents and Children

Stemming from a grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Parents Encouraging Promise (PEP) is a Parents as Teachers initiative that currently serves the Vine City and Washington Park communities in the Westside of Atlanta. PEP works with families with children 0-5 years old through home visitations twice a month to focus on parent-child interactions and school readiness for pre-kindergarten. PEP also connects families to community resources.

To learn more about our Early Learning initiatives, please call: