We began by facilitating father involvement programs for head start and early head start programs, that supports school readiness goals and objectives as described in the Parent Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) framework. Due to the overwhelming statistics, the negative effects of fatherless homes, and the needs of the community. We decided to start the DAD Project, so every child development center, school, and community center can provide services for fathers and their children. What we’ve learned ,during our 15 years of combined work experience, in education and early education systems. The fact that men will do anything for their children, they just need to be given the opportunity. D.A.D Project Programs consists of workshops, events, and trainings specifically for fathers/ positive male role models so they will understand the valuable role they play in supporting their children's education.
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Due to societal changes and women leading the workforce has afforded fathers/ men to take more of a care giving role in the home. What use to be the norm where fathers/ men were considered the primary bread winners in the home has changed since the 1970's.
Our programs are designed to make a system change, and we believe that change starts with father/male engagement. Studies show that children with engaged fathers/ male role models are less likely to go to jail, more likely to pursue higher education, and more likely to obtain employment. Is father engagement important for building next generation leaders? We like to think so!
The most important years in a child's life are the first 5 years. That's where they learn the basic fundamentals in life, and they are learning at an accelerated rate. D.A.D Project programs create opportunities for fathers to have that special bonding time by participating in educational activities with their children. Creating strong bonds between father and child will give them the support they need to grow into responsible adults.
Donald's passion for father/ male engagement began when he moved to Los Angeles from Slidell, LA (after helping his family rebuild from Hurricane Katrina) to reconnect with his father. Being the eldest of 4 brothers helped Donald understand the importance of having a strong family unit. While working as a Male Engagement coordinator for a local Head Start Program and building his relationship with his dad. His passion met his purpose and lead him and Daniel to start the D.A.D Project, so every child can build lasting relationships with their fathers just like he did!
Daniel's passion for father/ male engagement began when he had his daughter Faith. Being a single father has changed his life forever. Considering he is the eldest of 3 brothers, and seeing how involved his mother was in his life. He knew early on that being a father would be his ultimate responsibility. Already working in the school district with after school programs, and then collaboratng with Donald at the Head Start program is where the D.A.D Project was born. His passion for fathers and families is unmatched, serving communities and sharing his passion for fatherhood is what makes the D.A.D Project unique!