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Celebrating Father Figures in Head Start/Early Head Start

Thursday, May 11, 2023

The Importance of Fathers & Male Role Models

Kosciusko County Head Start / Early Head Start recognizes and honors fathers and male role models who play a significant role in raising a child. Evidence demonstrates that fathers play a critical role in children’s health and development, beginning in the prenatal period and continuing through early childhood and adolescence. One of the program-wide goals is to increase opportunities for father-figure engagement.

What the research says about father-figures who are involved in their young children’s lives:

  • Supports the child’s school readiness
  • Contributes to the well-being of the entire family
  • Shows gain in their own development and life decisions

Information obtained from: Celebrate Fathers in Head Start and Early Head Start Programs (

How does Kosciusko County Head Start/Early Head Start engage father-figures?

  • Classroom engagement events allow father-figures to have hands on opportunities to participate in their child’s learning
  • Ready Rosie Parenting Curriculum lessons focus on the importance of father-figure engagement
  • Family events promote activities that the whole family can enjoy
Family activity at Lincoln Head Start classroom.
Sensory activity during EHS playgroup.
Several father-figures attended the recent Head Start / Early Head Start family skating night!

Interested in Head Start/Early Head Start? Apply Now!

Head Start is currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year. Eligible children for Head Start must be 3-years-old on or before August 1, 2023. Early Head Start accepts children prental-3-years-old. For more information on how to apply, call 574-267-2451. (Se habla español).

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