NY Dad's Take Your Child To School

Dad’s Take Your Child to School-New York



Research indicates that outcomes related to academics, behavior, and social skills are better for children whose fathers take an active role in their lives. Informed by the research findings, New York State made Dad’s Take Your Child to School Day, a part of their fatherhood engagement strategy. The statewide event which began with one school in 2006 is now in its 7th year. This year, over 400 schools, child care centers and Head Start programs participated in New York’s Dad’s Take Your Child to School. Joyce A. Thomas, ACF Region II Regional Administrator, visited Yeled v’Yalda/Silver Lake Head Start II for their 2013 Dad’s Take Your Child to School Day event. Fathers, male relatives and caregivers in attendance took the Fatherhood Pledge as part of the program which highlighted the significance of father engagement.

Joyce A. Thomas, Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Region II and Bronia Ashford, Management and Program Specialist-Region II are pictured with
Yeled v’Yalda/Silver Lake Head Start II staff (Madeline O'Donohue, Executive Director; Smyrna Casado, Community Partnership Coordinator; Naomi Auberach, Head Start Director; Andre Harrison, Family Worker) and many of the fathers who participated.