The Essential Role of Engaged Fathers in Head Start Programs.

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Personal Author: 
Jones, David. Hornstein, Dr. John.
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Office of Head Start. National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement.
Type of Resource: 
Fatherhood Summit
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Head Start Programs have supported and strengthened parent-child relationships for more than50 years, including a specific focus on father involvement. Whether parents are cohabiting or living separately, custodial or noncustodial, Head Start appreciates the essential role that positively-engaged fathers can play in support of children, families, and their communities. Head Start grantees and practitioners are encouraged to recognize how engaged fathers contribute to children’s behavior, and to think strategically about how to solicit fathers’ input and address barriers impeding active engagement.
This session will discuss innovative approaches to engage fathers at the individual, program, and community levels. Presenters will explore how professional development for staff and partnerships with community stakeholders can lead to enhanced outcomes for families.