Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by empowering fathers to be active, informed and emotionally engaged with their children and families.
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Message from the Director
Dear  ,

It is an exciting time at The Fatherhood Project! We are wrapping up the first research phase of our Father Engagement Initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital's Vincent Department of Obstetrics. During the two-week pilot study, we administered a survey (in three languages!)  to fathers visiting the OB service with their pregnant partners to learn about their experience there, and what services would help them to feel more competent as fathers.  We received approximately 400 responses, and were pleased to hear many men thank us for our work and interest while completing the survey. Ask and we shall learn! We are now in the process of compiling the data and determining our next steps. A more in depth update will be included in our next newsletter when these tasks are complete. In the meantime, we will continue to share information about the pilot study on our blog.
 
Last month, our Director of Programs, John Badalament, and I attended the  National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's conference,  Fatherhood Outreach: Implications of Men's Health and Community Engagement in Pregnancy Outcomes. The presentations and discussion were at a uniformly high level, and were directly related to the work TFP is doing to increase father engagement during the prenatal period. The conference reinforced the importance of this work, and we are inspired to further develop TFP research, staff training, and direct services to fathers.  
 
In recognition of the "back to school" season, this month's newsletter focuses on the importance of father involvement in schools. You will find research that illustrates the benefits of father engagement in school as well as resources that allow educators, parent groups, and dads themselves to take action.    
 

Sincerely,
 Dr. Ray Levy, Director

When fathers/father-figures (resident and non-resident alike) are actively involved in the school community beyond just attending sporting events, children:
  • perform better in school
  • go further with their education
  • exhibit healthier behavior
  • have fewer discipline problems
  • are more likely to participate in extracurricular activities
  • enjoy school more



Research clearly shows that children benefit in many ways when their fathers are positively engaged with them. This study highlights how early and ongoing father involvement in a school setting benefits his children long-term, especially in at-risk populations. 

IDEAS IN ACTIONA


Latest Blog Posts
"Bringing Men In" to Prenatal Care: Ask and They Will Come
Antonio's Story - TFP's Father Stories Series

Fathers: We must learn from our children
TFP Calendar
September
9 Fathers and Family Evening Event at MGH Revere HealthCare Center
TBD Saturday Morning Dads & Kids Activity Group at MGH Revere HealthCare Center
28 Presentation of fatherhood research to Children's Health Watch meeting of researchers at Boston Medical Center

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Let us know what questions you have or what topics you would like to see covered. 


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