It is important to be involved with your child’s education both at home (working with your child on homework and special projects, reading, establishing a daily routine or discussing the days events) and at school by participating in field trips, teacher conferences, back to school nights, extracurricular activities or even assisting the teacher if needed. This type of involvement sends the message to your child that school is important to you and by extension that it should be important to him.

You may not have been the best student as a child or understand the “new math,” but you can still travel alongside your child as an encourager, advocate and champion when it comes to learning. Both experience and research tells us that in years to come both of you will be glad you were engaged in your child’s education.

Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for the students and to enhance school security. Click here to download a list of Colorado schools currently running Watch D.O.G.S. programs.

Waiting for Superman - Getting More Fathers Involved
Waiting for "Superman" is a groundbreaking documentary that takes a close look at the state of our nation's public school system. At the National Fatherhood Initiative, we believe that the system needs fixing, but that dads can play a crucial role, today, in helping their children succeed in school.

Fathers Reading Every Day Program

Fathers' Involvement in Children's Learning - 2009 Report (PDF)

Homework Help
Tips from the National Fatherhood Initiative 

Back to School Tips
A resource list from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Putting Parents in the Middle (School, That Is) (PDF)

Life on Mars: Understanding the Culture of Fathers (National PTA Publication) (PDF)

Strengthening Children’s Literacy (PDF)

FRED (Fathers Reading Every Day)

US Department of Education Publications on Fathers’ Involvement in Schools

Fathers' Role in Children's Academic Achievement and Early Literacy (PDF)

National Center for Fathering Articles on School Involvement