Dads Take Your Children to School provides a unique opportunity to capture the attention of fathers about the many services available for them and their families. The following appendices are examples of different themes to incorporate into the event.
Talk to fathers about the many services available to build stronger money management skills, access affordable banking products for themselves or their children, learn about tax refunds and free tax preparation services, as well as programs to assist in addressing credit /debt issues or receiving match funding for savings efforts.
Educational advancement and job skill development are keys to success and alleviating poverty. Low‐skill workers and families with low levels of education were especially hurt during the economic downturn. DTYCTS provides an opportunity for schools and Head Starts to provide information for fathers who would like to continue their education and/or obtain more job skills. In addition to alleviating financial stress, achieving educational and professional goals raises self‐confidence levels for dads.
When fathers are involved in the lives of their children, especially their education, children learn more, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior. Even when fathers do not share a home with their children, their active involvement can have a lasting and positive impact. There are countless ways for fathers to be involved in their child’s education at all ages.
Nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. Obesity is avoidable with healthy eating and physical fitness. DTYCTS provides the opportunity to talk to fathers about how to incorporate healthy eating and physical fitness in their homes.
Fathers can provide assistance as hall monitors or school security. WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is an example of a national program that encourages fathers to volunteer within schools to promote anti‐bullying and school safety.
Immigrant fathers may not be as involved in their child’s academic life due to barrier such as: language, work schedule, lack of ID to access the school building, fear of bringing themselves to the attention of the school administration if they are undocumented, or misconception that the mother is ultimately in charge and responsible for school issues. Being able to engage immigrant fathers can be complex but with the right guidance it can be beneficial for establishing the father/child relationship.