Why is father/male
Involvement so important?
Considering the special role a father has in the life of his children and their overall development, studies show that children with an engaged father are more likely to further their education and less likely to become incarcerated. Father involvement and the prevalence of fatherless homes and communities are a crisis in this nation that needs to be addressed.
Below is a quote from United States Census Bureau:
“Children in father absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011,12 percent of children in married couple families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in mother only families.” U.S Census Bureau, Children’s living arrangements and Characteristics: March 2011, table C8. Washington D.C.:2011.
“Children whose families maintain high rates of parent participation as early as elementary school are 6 times more likely to graduate High School” Ref. Harvard Family Research Project.
Collectively, we can work together to combat this crisis by providing services to support fathers and their families. By educating the parents on their importance and the responsibility of advocating for their children. Our partnership will further the opportunity to spark positive change in the community by empowering and promoting fatherhood.
D.A.D Project is a federal 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that was founded in February 2016. Our mission is to empower fathers and/or positive male role models to play an active role in the lives of their children and those within their community by creating opportunities to spend quality time through fun, interactive and educational activities that supports parent participation at every grade level.
How it all began
Due to the overwhelming statistics, the negative effects of fatherlessness and the needs of the community, we have coordinated male involvement programs for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies that supports the Parent Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) framework. What we’ve learned, during our combined 15 years of experience in the educational field, is men will do anything for their children. They just need to be given the opportunity. Therefore, we decided to start the D.A.D Project, to continue to help every child development center, school and community center to provide the support and services for fathers through workshops and events that include their children and families.