“Operation Accountability”

July 19th, 2011 by court cormwell

Fatherhood First will be hosting a webinar on August 23, 2011@ 9.30am to all head start agencies, individuals, and other profit-nonprofit agencies to discuss issues on how to raise awareness for resources available to dads. To many times we only see fathers call agencies when an event has occur and they need help. This webinar is design to educate to that dad that “hey”
 you need to be held accountable and become educated on different events that way when something happens you know what to do right away..

Fatherfest 2011!

June 30th, 2011 by court cormwell

Fatherfest was a sucess. This year we decided to move Fatherfest to a new location, off site! The goal is for it to be an annual community event. This year was one step closer to that goal as we opened it up to the community and they responded well. We had at least 200 people come through and take part.
Fatherfest offered live music, free food,, games, entertainment, and activities ran by community organizations. Some of the organizations that were a part of this event were the Rapid City Public Library and Girlsmart. They read books to the children and handed out free books donated by Fatherhood First. The Rapid City Regional Hospital was handing out bike helmets. We had Habitat for Humanity helping fathers and children build bird houses. We had bike rides, squirt gun wars, and so much more We are thankful for all those who participated making the activities a sucess.
Some people stayed the entire event just to listen to all the artists in concert. We had quite a variation of musical genres from acoustic rock, blues, to rap.
Fatherfest wouldn’t have been possible without all the great volunteers. Working long, hard, and diligient they made sure the fathers and children had the best time. Volunteers worked assisted with making popcorn, drawing in big crowds with their talent, and working the game stations.
Out of all the sucessful aspects of the event, nothing compares to the lives that were impacted by Fatherfest. It was great to see fathers from our agency with their children, laughing and playing. Seeing their appreciation and satisfaction showed the true sucess of this event. Memories were made and lives were touched..

Fatherhood First @ the 13th Annual Fatherhood Conference

June 3rd, 2011 by 112751sd

Burke Eilers from Fatherhood First will be a panelist at the 13th Annual Fatherhood Conference in Washington DC next week! His panel in on Friday June 10th from 2:00 – 3:45 pm and the topic is Responsible Fatherhood, Head Start and Child Support. Be sure to check it out if you are attending the conference..

Working with Incarcerated Father’s Video!

March 16th, 2011 by court cormwell

One of the grant videos that Fatherhood has been working on for sometime is near completion. Only minor tweaks are left and it will soon be available online for streaming and a physical copy possibly available upon request. In this video Corey Kennedy one of our Fatherhood Specialists describes the process of starting and maintaining a class for fathers, and then following up with them after jail. A preview will be posted soon on the media page for this video!.

Dad & Me @ the Pool

March 4th, 2011 by 112751sd

Some information about a cool program dealing father engagement and child safety.

Dad & Me @ the Pool


12th Annual Fatherhood and Families Conference

February 23rd, 2011 by court cormwell

Fathers & Families Coalition of America Live Stream Channel Conference Participation Opportunity!

Date: Tuesday, March 1 through Friday, March 4, 2011
All Broadcast Times are Pacific Standard with Replay Options
Participation information: Email Trent Love at trentlove@mac.com and FFCA at info@azffc.org to register ( pass-code needed)

Special Presentations From:
Mr. David Hansell, Assistant Secretary of Administration for Children and Families
Ms. Helen Mitchell, Office of U.S. Congressman Danny Davis
Ms. Vicki Turetsky, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement
Plenary Panels, Award Ceremony, Interfaith Session and Ten (10) workshops included with Live Stream Registrations
Learn from community leaders and experts how promote strong family relationships, focusing specifically on fatherhood and child support programs. Fathers & Families Coalition of America hope you can join as this is a vital conference to advance strong families and communities. This is an excellent opportunity to participate at our 12th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference in one week.

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New Resources!

January 27th, 2011 by 112751sd

Recently added resources from FatherhoodFirst.org.

Action Figures 54-60 Months

Pretend Play. Imaginary Play. Representational Play.

Bubbles 36-42 Months

Storytelling. Numerical Skills. Color recognition. Gross motor skills. Fine motor skills.

Parachute 42-48 Months

Child science. Gross motor skills. Fine motor skills.

Newspaper Structure 48-54 Months

Fine motor skills.


Virginia Beach… here we come!

December 2nd, 2010 by court cormwell

Two of our Fatherhood Specialists Devin Oliver and Aaron Malsbury will be attending, running a booth, and presenting at the 27th Annual Head Start Conference in Virgininia Beach!  We are excited to connect once more with many of our old aquintances and make new ones too.  Be sure to check out our presentation Tuesday December 14th from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.  We will be giving an even deeper look  into what it takes to “Make Your Organization Father Ready”.

Also make sure and stop by the booth.  We have a whole bunch of new stuff to show you.  Have safe travel and we will see you in Virginia Beach!.

Birth to Three

November 4th, 2010 by 112751sd

We just got back from the EHS Birth to Three Institute and it was great! It was fantastic to see so many people there. The best part was they were all dedicated to helping children and families. We didn’t get to attend as many workshops as we would have like because we were busy promoting our website. But the Keynotes and workshops that we did attend were amazing.

We will have more new resources coming very soon. And don’t forget that if you are working with fathers or families to send us your information and well will help promote what you are doing!

Thank you..

New Media

April 2nd, 2010 by 112751sd

In addition to our “father ready” posters, we have uploaded the first of our training video series, Involving Dads in Home Visits. Check it out on our Media page HERE!.