Father involvement is critical to a child's long-term growth and development. Increased positive father involvement and engagement will create greater opportunities for fathers to make a significant contribution to their children's healthy growth and development. Fathers vary in expectations about their roles and the goals they have set for parenting and child development activities. These varying expectations need to be considered and responded to as efforts are made to support a range of father involvement opportunities. This tool has been developed, pilot-tested and used by several states as a way to focus on and improve program's ability to engage fathers. CBCAP lead agencies and their networks have a strong interest in building capacity to include fathers in productive and useful ways. This tool can help create dialogue among staff, identify areas of focus and help evaluate current activities. How do programs consider and reinforce involving fathers in programs, services, and community activities? This self-assessment tool organizes a set of basic considerations needed to develop or improve a program that serves the needs of both fathers and mothers. The assessment tool addresses the dimensions of engagement and outreach, working with individual fathers, parenting and child development, support for fathers, program operations and evaluation. (Author abstract)
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