How to Involve Fathers in Home Visiting Programs

May 29, 2013early childhood, fathers, home visiting

95327326_sm“When I first saw [our home visitor] come in, I was a bit intimidated. After the first visit, she told me, “Why don’t you come over and sit down?” She had a comforting attitude. It is important that the home visitor be like – “Hey, come in, this is going to benefit you as well.” – Father, South Texas

Father involvement is associated with positive outcomes for children. Indeed, 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 more about what fathers said in our newest brief, Involving Fathers in Home Visiting Programs: Lessons from the Dads.