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Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Holy Cross Head Start to participate in state-wide celebration of male involvement

Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 02:45 pm
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On Tuesday, September 18th, Holy Cross Head Start participated for the 6th year in Dads Take Your Child to School Day.  This state-wide initiative is a means of celebrating the involvement of fathers and male role models in the lives of children.  Fathers and male role models are encouraged to bring their child to school, stay for breakfast in the classroom, and participate in some special father/child activities. This year we had a total of 260 dad's, family members and male role models participate in this annual event. Thank you to everyone who joined us on this special day!

Why is "Dads Take Your Child to School" Important? 

Research indicates that children whose fathers take active a more active role in their lives have better outcomes related to academics, behavior, and social skills:

Academics

  • Father involvement in schools is associated with the higher likelihood of a student getting mostly A's.
  • Children that have a father involved in their life are two times less likely to drop out of school.
  • Children living in homes with a father present are two times less likely to repeat a grade in school
  • Children of highly-involved resident fathers were 55 % more likely to enjoy school
  • Students whose non-resident fathers were involved in their schools were more likely to participate in extracurricular activities.
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes- Nine times the national average.

Behavior  

  • 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes. 20 times the national average.
  • Children living in two-parent households with a positive relationship with their father are 32% less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households
  • Adolescent girls raised with involved Fathers are significantly less likely to be sexually active
  • Boys whose fathers are present in the household are 2 times  less likely to go to prison as boys with fathers that  are absent

Social Skills

  • Children with an involved father tend to have more self-control and tend to be less  impulsive
  • Children tend to have a higher self esteem and be more generous when there is father involvement.

 

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