Earlier this year, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Sims initiated something historic: a call to all Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to recognize fathers through events held around Father’s Day. Dubbed “Father’s Day 2011”, HUD modeled this effort on a program that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) launched last summer. That model event had two purposes: to strengthen the bonds between fathers and...Continue reading this blog post
This week, HHS announced funding announcements for fatherhood and marriage grants. This funding provides organizations in underserved communities with the tools they need to promote responsible parenting, to encourage healthy marriage and relationships, and to help fathers and their families succeed.
In addition to a piece on Huffington Post on Supporting Fathers and our Families, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius...Continue reading this blog post
Last week, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced seven new grant awards totaling $39.7 million, an investment focused on helping non-custodial parents become better fathers by connecting them to job opportunities and teaching them the skills they need to keep these jobs and support their families financially.
In my role within the Department of Labor and as a participant in the White House's Interagency Working Group on...Continue reading this blog post
This Father's Day President Obama kicked off the Year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families as part of his Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. It's an effort with partners from around the nation to create simple opportunities for dads and kids to connect. Whether it's a free game of bowling, a Major League Baseball or WNBA game, a visit to the zoo or aquarium, or discounts for dads and kids through partners like Groupon and LivingSocial, we're...Continue reading this blog post
So this is fun.
Like millions of dads across our country, President Obama has said that being a father is the "most important job he has." From coaching basketball to helping with homework, the President cherishes the time he gets to spend with his two girls, even when life gets busy.
On June 15th at a screening of the movie Cars 2 for military fathers and families, President Obama is kicking off something called the year of...Continue reading this blog post
Welcome to the new DadTalk blog on fatherhood.gov!
Here on the DadTalk blog, you’re going to find updates on opportunities for dads to connect with kids; information for fatherhood programs; and insights from dads from around the country. The DadTalk blog and fatherhood.gov are a part of President Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative.
President Obama started this initiative because, like millions of fathers across our...Continue reading this blog post
In support of President Obama’s Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative, Oscar Winner Lou Gossett, Jr. and Deputy Assistant to the President Michael Strautmanis led a Responsible Fatherhood Roundtable discussion and recognition ceremony. At the event, both spent time recognizing individuals who are working to promote responsible fatherhood in Los Angeles. These people were surrounded by young people involved in sports games and leadership...Continue reading this blog post
For the last three years, The Fatherhood First Project in Rapid City, S.D. has been tasked with getting dads more involved in Head Start and Early Head Start programming. This has been accomplished by Fatherhood First Specialists:Working one-on-one with Head Start and Early Head Start dads facilitating one-on-one activities between the dads and their kids, helping them understand the value of play time with their kids. Hosting Father/... Continue reading this blog post