Durant Independent School District

District Administration


Oklahoma Parents as Teachers

OPAT means a brighter future

OPAT stands for Oklahoma Parents as Teachers. A state-funded program, OPAT is a free and voluntary program for all families with children from birth to age three. OPAT supports parents as their children's first teachers in building foundations for living and learning.

The program is designed to provide parents the opportunity to enhance their child's development in all areas:

  • language
  • intelligence
  • social
  • emotional
  • physical

There are many life experiences which will influence learning. We hope your experience with OPAT will help prepare your children for a successful future in school and beyond.

Help your child get a great start

School partnerships should begin when learning begins—at birth. This is the philosophy of OPAT. We believe parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.

The Durant Independent School District is eager to work with you as partners to help your child grow and develop to his or her maximum potential.

Participant services

OPAT offers practical ideas and suggestions to make parenting even more fulfilling. As a participant, you will receive the following services:

  • group meetings with other parents to:
    • share parenting experiences
    • discuss developmental stages
    • gain information and discover activities to stimulate your child's development
  • home visits with a parent educator
  • receive information on:
    • health and safety
    • positive reinforcement
    • how children learn from play
  • a resource and referral network for special services, as needed
  • educational toys may be borrowed from our Toy Lending Library

Need more information?

You can learn more about or get signed up for OPAT by contacting Duane Merideth e-mail:

Contact Duane Merideth
Oklahoma Parents as Teachers