Explore this practical guide to learn more about how program staff build strong, meaningful, and authentic relationships with fathers in Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
Family engagement is a collaborative and strengths-based process through which early childhood professionals, families, and children build positive and goal-oriented relationships. It is a shared responsibility of families and staff at all levels that requires mutual respect for the roles and strengths each has to offer. Family engagement focuses on culturally and linguistically responsive relationship-building with key family members in a child’s life. These people include pregnant women and expectant families, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other adult caregivers. It requires making a commitment to creating and sustaining an ongoing partnership that supports family well-being. It also honors and supports the parent-child relationships that are central to a child’s healthy development, school readiness, and well-being. The Office of Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework is a guide to learning how family engagement promotes positive, enduring change for children, families, and communities.
Review tips for family services staff, fatherhood coordinators, and other direct service professionals who work with Head Start and Early Head Start fathers, whether in person or virtually.
Learn about the value of community partnerships and share tips for building partnerships to support fathers, especially fathers who share common interests and goals.
Take a look at this guide to learn how programs can implement strategies to ensure access and continuity of services to fathers in Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
Find out how to use data to enhance father engagement activities in Head Start and Early Head programs. Review strategies for supporting continuous learning and quality improvement.
Explore this series to learn how Head Start programs partner with fathers to promote positive outcomes for children, families, and fathers themselves.
Staff can use this module to learn how to work alongside and engage fathers in early care and education programs.
Explore these resources to learn ways to enhance your program’s father engagement efforts.
Explore ways to engage fathers in children's development. These quick strategies can enhance father engagement efforts in early childhood programs.
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