Engage Your Families So Your Students Achieve
BRING IN FAMILIES | BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY | IMPROVE OUTCOMES
When you learn to truly engage families you begin to build schools and communities that raise strong kids.
Have a stronger impact with less stress and effort.
Engaging families is not rocket science but there should be
more method and less madness.
For the past 15 years Strong Fathers-Strong Families has been effectively working with schools, Head Starts and early childhood programs to deliver engaging activities that help children achieve.
These programs have been developed to not only be effective but were built from the ground up to be replicated by YOU in schools and early childhood programs in all types of communities.
We have done the trial and error.
Strong Fathers-Strong Families has worked with over 180,000 families in over 5,000 actual parent engagement programs. Our programs work now because they did not always work in the beginning. We can not only tell you WHAT to do but we can definitely tell you what NOT to do.
We have the best laboratory.
Even your best programs and efforts can be limited. If you have a great math program one year, it takes you another year to try it again or to innovate more. During any given week we may facilitate as many as six math programs so we are constantly learning and adjusting. Our programs work well because they have been tested in classrooms just like yours.
We are consistently successful.
When organizations follow our proven plan, they are successful. On a daily basis we facilitate programs in a cafeteria full of parents. During the 2015-2016 school year we averaged 96 families per program over 168 programs. These programs work. You can easily make them successful. We can help you along the way.
We asked a few of our Strong Fathers-Strong Families partners to tell us the benefit of using our curriculum, here’s what they said…
The number of males participating in our Parent Engagement events have tripled since our 2012-2013 program year because of Strong Fathers. Not only are they attending the events they continue to do the activities at home on a regular basis.
The Strong Fathers Curriculum has made our staff more aware of involving and engaging the dads or other male figures in our everyday programing, ie. conferences, newsletters, health requirements, family days, policy council, parent meetings and volunteering in the classroom.
BONUS: IT IS FUN!! Everyone is having a blast, the curriculum is so easy to follow. They are enjoying it so much they are asking the school districts to try it so they can continue when their children are done in Head Start.
We even won the 2014 Program of the Year Award for Excellence in Fatherhood from the Minnesota Fathers and Families Network for our work with Strong Fathers.
Chrystal Wilkie is the Family and Community Partnership Advisor for Minnesota Valley Action Council Inc.’s Head Start program.
Strong Fathers approach supports easy to implement strategies that engage fathers in meaningful interactions with their programs. The Ounce has implemented an Intentional Father Involvement Project that support programs in creating activities at the programs that engage dads.
Strong Fathers also worked for Ounce programs through regular conference calls that supported them through the planning and implementation of activities. Strong Fathers provided training for education staff in the Head Start programs to ensure that father engagement spread across all content areas of the program.
Joy D’Amico is the Senior Program Manager of Grantee Support Services at Ounce of Prevention Fund