Tuesday September 17, 2013
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RENSSELAER - The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) are encouraging dads and father figures across New York State to attend school with their children on September 17 in celebration of “Dads Take Your Child to School Day.” The goal of the one-day annual event, which began in 2006, is to help fathers engage in their children’s education, which has lasting effects on child development and academic success.
Schools, Head Start centers and community-based organizations use “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” to get to know the fathers or significant male caregivers of their students, and to encourage their continued involvement throughout the school year. Seven years ago, just one school participated in “Dads Take Your Child to School Day.” Today, the program has spread to more than 400 schools, Head Start programs, and community partners. In 2012, more than 4,100 fathers and significant male caregivers participated.
“‘Dads Take Your Child to School Day’ is just one way OCFS is actively working to bring fathers and father figures into the classroom to improve outcomes for all of our students.” said OCFS Commissioner Gladys Carrión. “This important event depends on the involvement of local schools and community organizations, and we are proud to partner with them to improve the educational lives of our youngest New Yorkers.”
"When it comes to parents getting involved in their children's education, more is better," State Education Department Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said. "'Dads Take Your Child to School Day' is a great opportunity for fathers to get more involved and learn what's happening in their kids' schools. Seeing their dads sit at little school desks for a day can have a big impact on students' learning for a lifetime. Every school should participate."
Statistics gathered by the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) show that children whose fathers take an active role in their lives have better academic, behavioral, and social success.
- Children whose fathers are involved in their lives at school are more likely to earn mostly A grades in core subjects.
- Fathers engaged in their children’s education have more self-confidence about their role as a parent, and generally feel more valuable to their children.