The Essential Role of Engaged Fathers in Head Start Programs.

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Session Date and Time
Summit Session Moderator(s)
Dr. Samantha Illangasekare, Senior Social Science Research Analyst, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Washington, D.C.
Summit Session Presenter(s)
Dr. John F. Hornstein, Faculty, Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program, UC-Davis, Portland, Maine
David Jones, Management Analyst, Office of Head Start, Washington, D.C.
Year Published
Author (Individual)
David. Hornstein
Dr. John.
Author (Organization)
Office of Head Start. National Center on Parent
and Community Engagement.
Resource Type
Fatherhood Summit Session
Resource Format
Resource Language
Head Start Programs have supported and strengthened parent-child relationships for more than50 years, including a specific focus on father involvement. Whether parents are cohabiting or living separately, custodial or noncustodial, Head Start appreciates the essential role that positively-engaged fathers can play in support of children, families, and their communities. Head Start grantees and practitioners are encouraged to recognize how engaged fathers contribute to children’s behavior, and to think strategically about how to solicit fathers’ input and address barriers impeding active engagement.
This session will discuss innovative approaches to engage fathers at the individual, program, and community levels. Presenters will explore how professional development for staff and partnerships with community stakeholders can lead to enhanced outcomes for families.

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