Father and Male Role Model Inclusion
Strengthening Program Outcomes by Incorporating Fatherhood Initiatives into Daily Practice
Research demonstrates that Head Start programs with intentional and sustained father engagement practices experience significant associations between positive father involvement and children’s well-being. Loving and nurturing fathers and male role models that engage positively with mothers and in childcare settings increase children’s cognitive abilities, emotional well-being, and achievement motivation. These factors are important indicators of school readiness in early childhood settings, kindergarten, and beyond.
This presentation shares historical and current research outcomes highlighting the positive influences of fathers and male role models in Early Childhood Education. Participants will learn proven techniques for developing male engagement initiatives. Presentation materials will share sustainable organizational structures and systems that promote male involvement and create long-term and healthy relationships between children and their community’s male role models.