HELP 24/7Dads® program focuses on the fatherhood initiative
HELP for Kids includes the 24/7 Dad® curriculum as part of all of our home based programs as the research shows us that Children do much better physically and emotionally when dad is involved right from the start. In fact, dad’s physical presence at the birth of his child increases the likelihood his child will be a healthy newborn. It also means mom is likely to be healthier. On the other hand, when dad is absent, baby and mom are less likely to be healthy.
For the last two decades research has suggested that fathers provide necessary exploration and play which helps the emotional development of a child. This development directly helps a child with self-regulation and the ability to manage challenging situations for the duration of their childhood and adult life. On the other hand, it is noted that mothers tend to be more of the comforter in times of distress. For centuries evidence has shown us that the more both parents are involved in the upbringing of children the more a child will thrive.
24/7 Dad® is an evidence-based fatherhood program used by thousands of organizations across the nation to develop pro-fathering knowledge, attitudes, and skills of dads of all races, religions, and demographics. The program is built on the basis that fathers can be nurturers, and for men, nurturing is a learned skill. Throughout the program, men examine their developmental history, learn the 5 characteristics of a 24/7 Dad®, and other important skills such as working with mom and proper child discipline to help them be the best dads they can be.
When a father completes the program, he becomes a 24/7 Dad who:
- Is aware of himself as a man and aware of the significant impact he has in his family.
- Is a man who takes care of himself, and has a strong spiritual connection with his community, and chooses friends who reinforce his healthy choices.
- Is very aware of the significant role he has in the family, and capitalizes on his knowledge of the unique contributions he and his wife (or mother of his children) brings to raising their children.
- Is a nurturing parent who understands and accepts the importance his parenting skills have in developing the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual and creative needs of his children.
- Works to build and maintain healthy and supportive relationships with his children, wife, family, friends, and community.
Visit https://www.fatherhood.org/free-resources/topic/evaluations to view evaluations of the program.
Program sponsored by Connecticut District Exchange Clubs, Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Corporation & individual contributions.