This brief is based on Mathematica's evaluation of the Early Head Start Fatherhood Demonstration. In February 2001, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families and the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services partnered to fund 21 Early Head Start fatherhood demonstration projects. Grantees were selected through a competitive process and funded for three years to create and implement innovative practices to increase the involvement of fathers in Early Head Start and in the lives of their children. Grantees were expected to establish partnerships with local OCSEs and other organizations to deliver services that encourage responsible parenting. Our study examined project implementation and participant experiences. It also identified lessons relevant to designing, operating, and sustaining fatherhood initiatives that can guide policymakers and practitioners as they undertake new efforts to increase fathers' involvement in Head Start and other programs. (Author abstract)
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