Fatherhood Engagement in School-Based Settings

Session Date and Time
Summit Session Moderator(s)
Damon Waters, Family Assistance Program Specialist, Office of Family Assistance, Washington, D.C.
Summit Session Presenter(s)
J. Michael Hall, President and Founder, Strong Fathers-Strong Families, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas
Year Published
Author (Individual)
Hall, J. Michael.
Author (Organization)
Strong Fathers-Strong Families
Resource Type
Fatherhood Summit Session
Resource Format
Resource Language

Outreach to fathers is critical to improve outcomes for children. One of the most effective ways to reach fathers is through local schools and Head Start programs. This session drew upon the experience of Strong Fathers-Strong Families, LLC, which has worked with more than 220,000 fathers of children under the age of 18 in rural, suburban, and urban locations around the nation.

The presenter explored the important role fathers play in the development and education of children, and the barriers many fathers face when attempting to be involved in their children’s education. The presentation explained how organizations can address these barriers and engage more fathers in local schools and early childhood programs.

In this session, participants learned about:

  • Obstacles that can keep fathers from being engaged in their child’s education
  • Promising practices for reaching fathers in schools and Head Start programs and working with them over the course of their child’s life

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