Hearts of the Fathers: The Perspective of Program Participants

Session Date and Time
Summit Session Moderator(s)
David Jones, Management Analyst, Office of Head Start, Washington, D.C.
Kenneth Braswell, Project Director, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, Dunwoody, Georgia
Patrick Patterson, Project Manager, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, Raleigh, North Carolina
Summit Session Presenter(s)
Demetrious Jones, Baltimore Responsible Fatherhood Program Graduate, Center for Urban Families, Baltimore, Maryland
Bunker Kerr, The City of Chattanooga Head Start/Early Head Start Program Participant, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Bishop Charles Lampkin, Porter-Leath Early Head Start Program Participant, Memphis, Tennessee
Joseph Stiltner, A Father’s Place Program Graduate, South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Columbia, South Carolina
Year Published
Resource Type
Fatherhood Summit Session

Participants had the chance to kick up their feet and feel a father’s heart beat in this session designed to inspire, challenge, and warm hearts. A “Dad Cave” format set the stage for an invigorating, insightful, and personal conversation with four ACF program fathers (and their kids) who shared both the challenges and triumphs of being a dad. They explored what matters most to them as fathers—for themselves, their children and families, and their communities. The panel described structured father engagement activities, such as parenting education and employment skills development. Panel members also discussed how communication skills training can build and strengthen healthy relationships, including father/child, couples, co-parent, workplace, and other social interactions. Participants learned how father focused programming can help kindle the hearts of fathers and children toward each other, and ultimately support society.

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