The authors discuss what early childhood programs can do to engage fathers in their children's lives. The article covers the work of fathering programs, differences in maternal and paternal care-giving styles, co-parenting compacts, and fathers participating in literacy and other learning activities with their children at home or in school.
Home-school or teacher-parent partnerships and collaboration are easier in theory than in practice. The author explores some common obstacles to full and equal partnerships, from mutual decision making, perceptions and assumptions, turf issues, expert-novice mind-set, and language. A checklist for professional practice is included.