Program Themes

Dads Take Your Children to School provides a unique opportunity to capture the attention of fathers about the
many services available for them and their families. The following appendices are examples of different
themes to incorporate into the event.

Financial Literacy & Asset Building
Talk to fathers about the many services available to build stronger money management skills, access affordable
banking products for themselves or their children, learn about tax refunds and free tax preparation services, as
well as programs to assist in addressing credit /debt issues or receiving match funding for savings efforts.

Job Development & Educational Advancement
Educational advancement and job skill development are keys to success and alleviating poverty. Low‐skill
workers and families with low levels of education were especially hurt during the economic downturn. DTYCTS
provides an opportunity for schools and Head Starts to provide information for fathers who would like to
continue their education and/or obtain more job skills. In addition to alleviating financial stress, achieving
educational and professional goals raises self‐confidence levels for dads.

Improving Literacy & Homework Help
When fathers are involved in the lives of their children, especially their education, children learn more,
perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior. Even when fathers do not share a home with their
children, their active involvement can have a lasting and positive impact. There are countless ways for fathers
to be involved in their child’s education at all ages.

Health & Wellness for Men & Families
Nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African
American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. Obesity is
avoidable with healthy eating and physical fitness. DTYCTS provides the opportunity to talk to fathers about
how to incorporate healthy eating and physical fitness in their homes.

School Safety & Volunteer Opportunities
Fathers can provide assistance as hall monitors or school security. WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is
an example of a national program that encourages fathers to volunteer within schools to promote anti‐bullying
and school safety.