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President Obama’s Fatherhood Pledge

President Obama knows firsthand how important Fatherhood is. While he was lucky enough to be raised by a wonderful Mother and Grandparents, he knows what it means to grow up without a Father. It is also what has inspired him to want to be the best parent he could to his two young daughters, Malia and Sasha.

The President’s Fatherhood Pledge has been developed to encourage individuals, especially fathers, to be involved in the lives of their children, and to be positive role models and mentors for other children in their lives and communities. Sign the pledge to show that you will do your part to be a positive and supportive figure in the lives of children to help them reach their full potential. If you are interested in keeping up-to-date on this initiative and receiving tips on mentoring, please refer to this webpage on the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring

National Resources

Federal Office of Head Start
Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

National Fatherhood Initiative
The mission of the National Fatherhood Initiative is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.

Promoting Responsible Fatherhood and Strong Communities
President Barack Obama has teamed with the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood
Partnerships to start a National Conversation on Responsible Fatherhood and Strong Communities.

United States Department of Health & Human Services
Federal Resource Website for Promoting Responsible Fatherhood. The principal implication for fathering programs is that these programs should involve a wide range of interventions, reflecting the multiple domains of responsible fathering, the varied residential and marital circumstances of fathers, and the array of personal, relational, and ecological factors that influence men as fathers.

Tufts University Child & Family Web Guide
The Child & Family WebGuide describes trustworthy websites on topics of interest to parents and professionals. All the sites listed on the WebGuide have been systematically evaluated by graduate students and faculty in child development.