Military home visiting programs offer a variety of family-focused services to expectant parents and families with new babies and young children. They address issues such as maternal and child health, positive parenting practices, safe home environments, and access to services. However, many home visitation programs have never been educated and equipped on how to effectively integrate fathers into their programming. Many times a man will hear the word “parenting” and automatically think it is just for the mother. If dad is handed something that says ‘fathering” then he thinks you are talking directly to him.
NFI has helped many home visitation programs in the military integrate fatherhood programs into their efforts. Our field-tested, research-based resources on child development and our in-depth curricula help home visitation programs add a meaningful fatherhood component, optimizing the outcomes for infants and toddlers receiving these services.