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Fathers and Early Childhood Programs is intended to introduce the reader to many of the critical issues that are being studied about fathers in the social sciences. The authors review the available research regarding father involvement in programs for young children and they present the results of 33 in-depth interviews they have collected on this subject. They present the theoretical perspectives they see as relevant to building better partnership between programs and fathers. The authors offer practical suggestions for working with fathers, staff and the community to facilitate increased father and family involvement. Additionally, tools to enhance or start a father involvement program and fun and educational activities for fathers make this an extremely enlightening and effective book.
- Detailed information on strategies involving fathers in early childhood programs can be translated into useful approaches for increasing father participation
- Case examples of father involvement enable readers to more easily connect with the ideas presented
- Many useful tools such as needs assessment instruments can be used to enhance or start a father-involvement program
- Information on how working with fathers differs from working with mothers will help students adapt the skills they have acquired
- Fun and educational activities to do with fathers can be adapted to meet the needs and interests of father in pariticular programs
Chapter 3: Father Involvement in Early Childhood Education: A Brief History.
Chapter 4: Theory and Research on Father Involvement in Early Childhood Programs.
Chapter 5: A Qualitative Study of Important Dynamics of Father Involvement.
Chapter 6: Profiles of Four Fatherhood Initiatives.
Chapter 7: Getting Started: Practical Suggestions for Developing Fatherhood Initiatives.
Chapter 8: Types of Father Involvement.
Chapter 9: Targeting Parent Education Specifically for Fathers.
Chapter 10: Father-Child Interaction Time: Having Fun and Learning Together.
Chapter 11: Conclusion and Future Directions.