Engaging Fathers in Home Visiting Program

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Jennifer Bellamy
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University of Denver
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Early childhood is a critical period of development. Home visiting programs support a safe and nurturing environment for children by promoting positive parenting and school readiness and by reducing the risk of child maltreatment (Avellar & Supplee, 2013; Peacock et al, 2013). Evidence of their effectiveness in supporting positive child outcomes has propelled expansion of these programs in the United States (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000; Michalopoulos et al, 2019). 

The purpose of this brief is to explore possible barriers to father engagement in home visiting programs, explain some key principles of father engagement, and share promising strategies from the Dads Matter-Home Visitation (HV) intervention (Bellamy et al, 2020) and other research studies.

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