Father Involvement in Early Childhood Programs : Review of the Literature.

Journal Name
Early Child Development and Care
Journal Volume
Journal Issue
7 & 8
Page Count
Year Published
Author (Individual)
Palm, Glen.
Fagan, Jay.
Resource Type
Journal Article
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Father involvement in early childhood programs (ECPs) has increased rapidly during the past 10-15 years. This review of the authors' understanding of the current state of father involvement in ECPs employs two theoretical frameworks: ecological perspective and situated fathering. They draw from the research and practice literature to understand the current levels of father involvement in early education programs, the factors that support this type of father involvement, the barriers to father involvement, and strategies for increasing father involvement in ECPs. Recommendations for future research on father involvement initiatives are also discussed. (Author abstract modified)

Note: This article is part of the journal special issue entitled Men in the Lives of Children.

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