Engaging Expectant Families, Including Fathers

Early Head Start (EHS) staff engage pregnant mothers and expectant families as they prepare for their new baby. Connecting families to comprehensive prenatal care, such as nutrition education, oral health care, and mental health supports, is all part of the process. This includes engaging fathers from the beginning. Understanding what to expect during pregnancy and after the birth can help young families feel better prepared to face parenthood.

Engaging Fathers

Explore these resources to learn ways to enhance your program’s father engagement efforts.

Father Engagement Strategies

Explore ways to engage fathers in children's development. These quick strategies can enhance father engagement efforts in early childhood programs.

Las Manos de Apá Resources

Explore this set of resources designed to support Latino fathers as early literacy models for their children. The resources outline creating father-friendly environments, building community supports, sharing stories, and supporting early literacy for young children.  Many of the resources and activities are in English and Spanish.

Fatherhood Connection Webinar Series

This three-part webinar series focuses on effective and intentional father engagement. Learn how engaging fathers promotes children’s learning and development and strengthens the parent-child relationship.