Since its beginnings nearly 40 years ago, Head Start has understood that loving, intentional parental involvement is an essential factor in healthy child development. Head Start works with parents because it believes that a healthy family is a child's best and most powerful resource. Strong families help to ensure positive outcomes for children and that they enter school ready to learn and succeed in their years there. However, getting children prepared for life-long learning is typically viewed as mother's work. Dads are too often seen as optional in this part of their children's lives. Nothing could be further from the truth. Moms and dads need to see parenting as a partnership, and they need to see Head Start as a place where they can get help, support, and encouragement in succeeding at the most important job they have: being active, loving, and nurturing parents. That is what the effort to get fathers involved in Head Start is all about. (Author abstract)
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