Approaches to Father Engagement and Fathers’ Experiences in Home Visiting Programs

Publication Date: December 18, 2015


This report discusses approaches that home visiting programs use to engage fathers, the challenges they face, the strategies they use to overcome these challenges, and benefits of participating from the perspective of fathers and program staff.

Early childhood home visiting programs typically target pregnant women and mothers of young children, but some programs have begun including fathers as well. The study aimed to understand how home visiting programs engage fathers, what fathers’ experiences are in those programs, and the perceived benefits of fathers’ participation. Qualitative interviews were conducted with home visiting program administrators, staff members, and participating fathers and mothers in five programs implementing strategies to engage fathers in home visiting services.

The accompanying brief, Engaging Low-Income Fathers in Home Visiting: Approaches, Challenges, and Strategies, summarizes key findings from the report.

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