Parents as Teachers Program Celebrates Fathers


Kids with an involved father are twice as likely to go to college and find stable employment after high school. Fathers are a vital part of breaking the cycle of family poverty in our community. UWCG's Parents as Teachers program celebrated the important role fathers play in their children's lives by hosting a Father's Day Celebration for the families in the program on Monday, June 13th. 

Prostate Health Education Network, Inc. offered an educational program on prostate cancer prevention to fathers as part of its mission to help them be healthy and active fathers as their children grow. PHEN is a leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization whose mission and focus include addressing the racial disparities in prostate cancer.

A craft room was set up to let children decorate Father's Day cards using crayons, markers, glitter, stickers, and other materials. UWCG's pop-up Father's Day store allowed kids the chance to "shop" for free for dad after they had crafted their cards. A family dinner with a photo booth topped off a wonderful night devoted to dads.   

Using personal home visits and group meetings, Parents as Teachers implements an evidence-based model of parent education. The goal of our program is to provide parents with information and knowledge about early childhood development, to improve parental practices, to detect health issues and developmental delays, to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to improve school success for children. In the past year, PAT served 84 families.   

For more information on Parents as Teachers please contact Lauralen Avery, First Steps Community Coordinator at or contact 2-1-1.