The purpose of this grant is to provide educational programs for fathers/father figures and their families. The audience to be reached is fathers/father figures ages 18 and up in Todd (western) and Wolfe (eastern) counties. Todd County has 61% of its children on free and reduced lunch (185% of poverty) and Wolfe County has 78% (Kids Count, 2011). The primary goal of this project is to strengthen parenting skills of fathers as a means to promote family resiliency. Short-term objectives include an increase in parenting skills and understanding of basic child development among fathers/father figures; increase in community collaborations and partnerships on issues and programs pertaining to fatherhood; and opportunities for fathers/father figures to engage in program planning and evaluation processes. Long term objectives include an increase in the application of effective parenting skills; improvement in the involvement of positive father/father figures in the lives of children; and increase in male involvement within Extension programs and the community. Data are collected using a multi-methods approach to include common measures, other surveys, observation, focus groups and interviews. The program model utilized is the National Extension Parent Education Model (NEPEM). The program vision employs a multi-disciplinary approach that views fathers in the context of the family and community and develops programming based on local needs grounded in research. The national CYFAR outcome addressed is Parent/Family. The primary curriculum to be used in each community site is 24/7 Dad™.
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