In This Issue:
- Online Registration Available for Upcoming Curriculum Trainings
- What’s New on coloradodads.com
- Program Spotlight
- Reaching Out to Incarcerated Dads
- March Featured Father
- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
- Upcoming Events
Online Registration Available for Upcoming Curriculum Trainings
Next month, the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative will host curriculum trainings on the Nurturing Fathers Program and the Responsible Fatherhood Curriculum. These trainings are free for all currently funded community access programs (hotel accommodations are not included). Other programs will be charged $150 to attend a training.
Specific information on each curriculum, payment methods and available hotel accommodations can be found in the event section of the Colorado Dads Web site.
- Nurturing Fathers Program
Northeastern Junior College
100 College Avenue
Sterling, CO 80751
- Responsible Fatherhood Curriculum
Hope for Children
801 W. 4th Street
Pueblo, CO 81003
What’s New on coloradodads.com
The Colorado Dads Web site serves as an all-encompassing resource for dads, families, fatherhood practitioners and parent educators. With versions in both English and Spanish, the site gives users a glimpse into the many different ways dads can be there for their kids and is updated almost every day. As such, you may have missed a few updates over the last few weeks.
We are currently reviewing applications for the October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2009 funding cycle. A grant timeline as well as the complete application, letter of intent instructions and application instructions are now posted in the funding section of the site.
Each month, the Child Information Gateway adds new research abstracts to their library. These abstracts focus on fatherhood related research projects as well as building strong parent/child relationships and reaching at-risk families. We are pleased to provide links to the abstracts in the Colorado Data and Research section of the site. This section now also provides direct links to recent journal abstracts.
National and International Resources
This section of the site has recently been updated to include links to the Family Violence Prevention Fund tool kit and the Strong Fathers – Strong Families Web site.
Designed to help build stronger paternal relationships, this section is frequently updated to include links to recent research articles and parenting resources. Check out our School Connections section for a new article from the PTA and the Co-Parenting section for tips on how dads can remain connected with their children following a divorce.
Program Spotlight – Community Partnership for Child Development – Colorado Springs
- What services do you provide to fathers with your community access grant funding?
The goal of Community Partnership for Child Development’s (CPCD) Responsible Fatherhood Program is to guide fathers and father figures and support them in fulfilling their role as one of their child's primary educators.
We offer three specific services for dads:
C.A.M.P. – Calling All Men who Parent - Monthly C.A.M.P. meetings provide an opportunity for fathers to get together to talk with their peers about the challenges of parenting. Dinner is provided, followed by an activity where dads and their children enjoy “hands-on” activities like art projects. We also do field trips to the library, zoo, mini-golf, etc. The C.A.M.P. meetings provide an introduction to our parenting classes where dads can pick up practical fathering sills. With a flexible meeting schedule, there are many options fathers can suggest and choose from to make the most of each session.
F.R.E.D. – Fathers Reading Every Day - This program focuses on increasing a father’s involvement in his child’s literacy development while also improving father-child relationships. F.R.E.D. is a four-week program designed to encourage fathers to read to their children on a daily basis and keep a reading log. Participants meet with other dads and receive a free book, literacy information and surveys so that staff can ensure the program is meeting the family’s needs.
Tune Up Special – The Nuts and Bolts of Being a Father - This monthly workshop focuses on challenging issues identified by our fathers. Speakers from CPCD staff and the community provide expertise on different topics. We follow up with a small group discussion and Q & A for those who are interested a week later.
What’s to come:
In addition to the larger group meetings listed above, CPCD is in the early stages of developing a peer mentoring program for fathers which is supervised by our fatherhood coach/mentor.
- What do you ultimately want to achieve with your program?
We want dads to realize that they are their child’s first and best teacher. We try to accomplish this by providing them with all the resources they need to be the very best they can be for their young children.
- Describe a typical day at Community Partnership for Child Development.
When Fatherhood Coach George Hoherd arrives at CPCD each morning, he finds his in-box full of referrals from our family advocates. The family advocates constantly talk to our fathers and let them know about the resources available to them at CPCD. They then pass on the names of those interested to George. George contacts the fathers and works to get them scheduled for one of our workshops. Working with the family advocates, George tries to get to know as much about his dads as possible so he is fully prepared to help with the challenges each one may be facing.
- What is the best part about working with fathers?
George enjoys watching the relationship grow between our fathers and their children, realizing how important that relationship is for the “long haul” and knowing that he had a part to play in developing the relationship.
- Share a program/father success story with us.
A recent C.A.M.P. (Calling All Men Who Parent) event was a tour of our local library. While the dads were on the tour, their children enjoyed story time. One of the dads was under educated and was really impressed with the free services the library had to offer. He started taking computer classes and then invited his wife to the class. They in turn started teaching their children at home. The skills they are learning as a family will open doors to higher education, employment stability and better opportunities for the entire family long after they have left our program.
Reaching Incarcerated Fathers
News coverage on the increased monetary costs of imprisonment for State governments has been very prevalent in the media over the last few weeks. According to a recent Pew Center study, one in 100 Americans is currently in prison. But what’s been missing from these articles is the emotional costs of prison on the children and family members of inmates.
More than 1.4 million American children currently have a parent in prison. In Colorado, that number is 16,000. Per the State Attorney General, seven out of 10 inmates have never lived with their natural father.
Children of prisoners are more vulnerable to poverty and more likely to be sent to foster care. While each family situation is unique, families that choose to maintain and build healthy relationships during imprisonment can often lessen the emotional consequences of incarceration. And prisoners with strong family relationships before incarceration are less likely to return to their former criminal behavior.
Many of our fatherhood programs are working to improve the relationships of children and fathers in prison across the State through parenting classes and mentoring that seeks to heal fatherless wounds. More specifically, in Denver post prison dads are learning how to re-enter the workforce and rebuild substantial relationships with their children. Incarcerated dads in Fremont County are being mentored and participating in fatherhood classes to learn what it means to be a responsible and involved father. In El Paso County, incarcerated dads are going through domestic violence counseling and learning that the welfare of a child also depends on the welfare of their mother.
These fatherhood programs cannot change the monetary cost of sentencing a man to prison, but they can make an incredible impact on his life and the lives of those closest to him.
March Featured Father
University of Colorado Football Coach Dan Hawkins is the most recent dad featured on the Colorado Dads Web site. A father of four, Dan strives to be a balanced dad and bring out the goofiness in his children. Here is a brief snippet of his thoughts on fatherhood:
- What is the hardest part about being a dad?
When you love your children nothing seems to be hard. You enjoy all the ups and downs and you’re committed to the journey.
- What would you hope that your kids would say about you if asked what kind of a dad they have?
A Dad who loved them, appreciated their uniqueness and was a good example as a person, father and husband. A man who knew the way, showed the way and went the way.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
According to the Colorado Association of Family and Children’s Agencies (CAFCA), 30,000 Colorado children were reported as abused or neglected in 2005. An average of 20 children in the State die from suspected abuse or neglect each year. Fathers play a critical role in providing their children with safe home environments that are free from abuse and neglect.
April has been officially designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Colorado fathers are joining together to promote healthy families and safe communities while raising awareness of child maltreatment prevention efforts. Organizations across the State will host events throughout the month to raise awareness of the importance of keeping our children safe.
$2 Deal for Dads and Kids at Del Taco – On the last Sunday of every month, five Del Taco locations in the Denver metro area offer dads and their kids two regular tacos and a ½ pound bean and cheese burrito for $2 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This offer is good at the following locations:
- 7506 Parkway Dr. – Lone Tree- 80127
- 24023 E. Prospect Ave. - Aurora - 80013
- 50 W. Belleview – Englewood - 80110
- 5240 S. Wadsworth – Lakewood – 80123
- 11155 E. Arapahoe Pl. - Centennial - 80012
Kroenke Sports Community Tables
Representatives from the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative will be manning the community table during the Colorado Avalanche game on March 26 and the Denver Nuggets game on April 16. Volunteers will be answering questions about fatherhood programs and handing out posters, flyers and magnets.
Save the Date!
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is scheduled for April 24. For more than 15 years, companies, organizations and parents have been inviting children to experience “the real world” for one day a year. According to the national campaign, this day serves to show children the value of their education and help them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life.
Regional Fatherhood Forums
Front Range Fatherhood Forum
Held on the third Friday of every month from 9:00-10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Amy Davis from Lifelong Adult Education Services at 303.573.0839 x107.
Arkansas River Area Fatherhood Team
A monthly meeting in Pueblo or Cañon City for lunch, encouragement and for sharing ideas related to working with fathers. For more information, contact George Hoherd from the Community Partnership for Child Development at 719.635.1536 x262.
Southwest Fatherhood Coordination Council
Time and dates to be determined. For more information, contact Diana Buza from The Pinon Project at 970.564.1195 x41.
Northwest Fatherhood Forum
Time and dates to be determined. For more information, contact Steve Aurand from Garfield County Department of Human Services at 970.625.5282 x624.
Northeast Fatherhood Forum
Time and dates to be determined. For more information, contact Jackie Reynolds from Rural Solutions at 970.526.3216.