Parents as Teachers

Parental Programs

Helping children, and parents, be their best.

Parents as Teachers (PAT) shares the vision that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential. The PAT model is designed to support any community and any family during the crucial early years of a child’s life. PAT is a free, voluntary, evidence-based program that promotes optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. We advance the delivery of high-quality services for families through a comprehensive support system and innovative solutions.

How the PAT model benefits parents and children:

  • Increases parent knowledge of early childhood development while improving parenting practices.
  • Provides early detection of developmental delays and health issues.
  • Prevents child abuse and neglect.
  • Increases children’s school readiness and success.

Parents as Teachers is open to ALL families with children prenatal to five years old.

The program is designed for moms and dads to participate in learning about how their baby is developing and how parents can best support that growth. There are no income eligibility guidelines. You only need to have a child aged five years or younger to participate.

Services are available in all five northern counties of Idaho, including Kootenai, Benewah, Bonner, Boundary and Shoshone.

Meet Our Team

Becky Schoonmaker

Becky Schoonmaker

Parent Educator

Kaila Wilhelmi

Parent Educator

Katelyn Miller

Parent Educator

Kris Kono

Kris Kono

RN/BSN, Nurse Home Visitor Manager

Becky Schoonmaker

Becky Schoonmaker

Parent Educator

Becky attended University of Idaho where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Becky has experience in healthcare as a care coordinator, and with children and families as a home visitor. Becky is an avid skier and volunteer ski patroller. She enjoys spending time with her family and pursuing outdoor activities.

Kaila Wilhelmi

Parent Educator

Kaila spent over four years studying at Northwestern State University of Louisiana to prepare for a career in working with children and families. She has a Bachelors in Family and Consumer Sciences with a minor in Social Work and concentration in Child Development and Family Relations. After graduating from NSULA, Kaila spent two years in Denver gaining work experience in retail management and moved back to her home state of Idaho in 2018. Kaila was a Nurse-Family Partnership client and has a passion for working with families. Some of her favorite hobbies are cooking, drawing, and spending time outdoors with her son.

Katelyn Miller

Parent Educator

Katelyn received her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education with a special emphasis on Early Childhood Education from Western Governors University. Prior to joining the team at PHD, she worked in various teaching roles from birth to age 10. She is passionate about education as well as working with and for children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, playing with her puppy, and drinking all the coffee.

Kris Kono

Kris Kono

RN/BSN, Nurse Home Visitor Manager

Kris pursued nursing as a second career at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science with the intent to obtain her Masters Degree in Public Health. Kris pulls her knowledge from her education and experience working in the hospital, as well as parenting two boys. Two of Kris’ favorite things are spending time with family and anticipating the arrival of her first grandbaby.