Welcome to the Male Initiative Resource Page!

The purpose of the" Male Initiative" program is to strengthen the role of Fathers and male figures in the lives of their families. Strong families are essential to the future and the well-being of the child. "Head Start has a long history of acknowledging that male father figures are important contributors to the school readiness of children and to the well-being of families. Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) programs consistently engage fathers as advocates, lifelong educators, and first teachers of their children. There are a variety of father engagement activities that goes on at Parent/Child Incorporated. Many of our programs examine the unique needs and strengths of fathers. Some of our programs have prioritized efforts to support the relationship between fathers and their children." 

Parent/Child Incorporated "Male Initiative Program" includes participation, child rearing and engagement. "Engagement is rooted in positive relationships. With involvement, there is an emphasis on being present. With engagement, there is a focus on creating and sustaining ongoing relationships. The intent is to support families and to benefit children’s learning and development. In Head Start, the Male Initiative means that father figures and staff work as  partners to promote the child’s best interest, to exchange knowledge about the child, and to share in program governance. They also work together to establish child and family goals that are motivating and fulfilling. Building a trusting relationship based on knowledge and acceptance of the individual opens the door for meaningful communication. A trusting relationship can lead to positive changes for families and for your program." ( Information taken from https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov)

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Fatherhood or Male Initiative




More Data on the Extent of Fatherlessness

"An estimated 24.7 million children (33%) live absent their biological father.Source: U.S.. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, “Living Arrangements of Children under 18 Years/1 and Marital Status of Parents by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin/2 and Selected Characteristics  of the Child for all Children 2010.” Table C3. Internet Release Date November, 2010.

Of students in grades 1 through 12, 39 percent (17.7 million) live in homes absent their biological fathers.
Source: Nord, Christine Winquist, and Jerry West. Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status. Table 1. (NCES 2001-032). Washington, DC: U.S.. Dept of Education, National Center of Education Statistics, 2001.

57.6% of black children, 31.2% of Hispanic children, and 20.7% of white children are living absent their biological fathers.
Source: Family Structure and Children’s Living Arrangements 2012. Current Population Report. U.S..  Census Bureau July 1, 2012.

According to 72.2 % of the U.S.. population, fatherlessness is the most significant family or social problem facing America.
Source: National Center for Fathering, Fathering in America Poll, January, 1999."

(Information taken from http://www.fathers.com/statistics-and-research/the-extent-of-fatherlessn...)