Child care center connections
One of the first steps to increasing father involvement in your program is to ask yourself: "Is the child care environment in which I work father friendly?" In other words, do fathers feel welcome, and are they encouraged to be involved in the care and education of their children? Maybe you already involve fathers in a meaningful way. If so, great! Keep up the good work. But if you haven't had much success involving fathers or haven't given much thought to the issue, please consider the following suggestions offered by Levine, Murphy, and Wilson (1993): expect fathers to involved; put out the welcome mat; find out what fathers/men want; recognize the hidden resistance from staff and mothers; recognize the hidden fears of men. (Author abstract, modified).
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