Case Study of Father Engagement in Healthy Start Programs: Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition Fatherhood PRIDE
- Social service programs can collaborate or partner with father-focused programs to reach and support fathers.
- Programs can capture fathers’ motivation to participate during the intake process to best allocate the staff time and resources needed to help them achieve program goals.
- Programs can proactively engage fathers’ family and social networks during the intake process to promote engagement and program completion.
This case study is part of a series of three case studies that showcase how select programs implement father engagement strategies. This case study focuses on the Northeast Forlida Healthy Start Coalition Fatherhood PRIDE program, a program designed to compliment services Healthy Start services to women and children by encouraging father’s physical and emotional presence in his children’s lives. The case study highlights Fatherhood PRIDE’s approach to recruiting, enrolling, and retaining fathers through father-specific engagement strategies, partnerships with key systems serving fathers, and an intake process that leverages fathers’ existing social networks and supports. The study is sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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