This list contains a variety of resources associated with father/male involvement in early childhood.
While this resource list specifically addresses fathers and males, IEL supports all types of families. IEL Resources
Birth to 5 Father Engagement Guide
Source: Head Start ECLKC
Head Start programs partner with fathers to promote positive outcomes for children, families, and fathers themselves. This resource gives suggestions of activities that programs can use to build father engagement.
Calling all Dads: Tips for Getting Involved in Your Child’s Preschool or Child Care Program
Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Dads have unique relationships with their children that should be celebrated and explored. This article gives tips for teachers and fathers to promote more father-involvement in classrooms.
Infographic: The importance of Father Involvement
Source: Child and Family Research Partnership
Having an involved father impacts a child’s success in school and overall quality of life. This one-page infographic shows statistics about children who grow up with involved father figures.
Involved Dads Help Kids Grow
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
This webpage talks about the ways fathers influence their children’s health and discusses the need for fathers (as well as mothers) to have paid prenatal leave.
The Meaning of Father Involvement for Children
Source: Child Trends
This research brief shows unique ways of thinking about father involvement and discusses the roles that fathers play in their children’s lives.This research brief by Child Trends shows unique ways of thinking about father involvement and discusses the roles that fathers play in their children’s lives.
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse also in Spanish
This website is specifically designed for fathers and professionals working with fathers. The website features a Dad Blog, tips and activities, videos, webinars, and more.
Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
Child Care Center
Family Child Care
Parents / Family
Teachers / Service providers
Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
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