ERIC Number: ED476917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug-20
Reference Count: N/A
Father Involvement in Early Head Start Programs: A Practitioners Study.
Raikes, Helen; Boller, Kimberly; vanKammen, Welmoet; Summers, JeanAnn; Raikes, Abbie; Laible, Debbie; Wilcox, Brian; Ontai, Lenna; Christensen, Lanette
A survey of all Early Head Start programs funded from 1995-1998 was conducted during the winter of 1999-2000 to determine involvement of fathers in the programs and program outreach to involve fathers. Program representatives from 261 programs completed the survey on the World Wide Web or by mail, for a 62.5 percent response rate. Findings revealed variation among the programs with respect to fathers served, goals for programs, program strategies for involving fathers, barriers to involvement, and current involvement of fathers in the programs. Some of the variation occurred as a result of program stage of development. Strong evidence for a predictable sequence of stages toward more complex and purposeful father involvement was found. Compared to programs at large, the more mature programs were characterized by greater father involvement, more goals and program activities for fathers, a different pattern of perceived barriers, more successful solutions to challenging situations, and greater likelihood of identifying staff for providing father involvement training, using men for recruiting fathers, reaching out to nonresident as well as resident fathers, and working with partners within the community. To a lesser extent there was also variation as a result of program approach (whether serving families through home-based services, center-based services or a combination). Programs also varied according to race/ethnicity of the families served. (Author/HTH)
Descriptors: Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Fathers, Outreach Programs, Parent Participation, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 600 Alexander Park, Princeton, NJ 08540. Tel: 609-799-3535; Fax: 609-799-0005; Web site: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com. For full text: http://ccfl.edu/projects/pdf/Final_Father_Involvement_Report.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ.; Nebraska Univ., Lincoln.; Gallup Organization, Inc., Princeton, NJ.