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ERIC Number: EJ868218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Celebrating Fathers as a Resource in Early Child Care Settings
Parlakian, Rebecca; Rovaris, J. Michael
Young Children, v64 n5 p64-65 Sep 2009
In many child care programs, father involvement is still not on a par with that of mothers. For these programs, "parent" typically means "mother". There are a host of possible reasons for this difference, including fathers' work schedules, a belief that child care is a mother's domain, and fathers feeling unwelcome or out of place in the child care setting. Fathers--and men--are an important part of a child's world. Fathers interact with children differently than mothers. They tend to engage in more physically stimulating and unpredictable play. This type of play can help children develop independence, self-regulation, gross motor skills, and problem-solving skills. In this article, the authors present some useful suggestions to engage fathers in child care programs. (Contains 4 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A