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W3: Hey Dad, Let’s Play! Taking What We Know from Research to Engage Fathers in Early Childhood Education and Intervention

Content Level:
Introductory
Age Group:
Birth to 5 years

While early childhood professionals believe that fathers of young children can make an impact on their children’s development, many are unaware, uncertain, or unwilling to involve fathers in early childhood programs and services. In this session, we will share what we learned from research studies on father involvement and what providers can do to engage fathers in a meaningful way. Specifically, we will describe practices and strategies that providers can implement in their programs to develop and enhance fathers’ confidence, competence, and mutual pleasure when interacting with their young children.