How to Involve Fathers in Home Visiting Programs

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Father involvement is associated with positive outcomes for children. Children with highly involved fathers have fewer behavioral problems, higher educational attainment, and lower levels of emotional distress than children with less involved fathers. Fathers also uniquely contribute to children’s healthy attachment, emotional regulation, social competence, and cognitive development.

Most programs aimed at helping parents are focused on mothers, whereas few programs actively seek father participation. CFRP is conducting a long-term evaluation of the Texas Home Visiting Program and one of the objectives is to create a broad understanding of how to increase father participation in early childhood services, particularly home visiting programs.

CFRP recently met with fathers in four communities across Texas. Learn about what fathers said in our newest brief, Involving Fathers in Home Visiting Programs: Lessons from the Dads.