Project H.I.M. Fatherhood Initiative

Fathers and father figures serve an important role in the healthy development of their children and families, and have much to add to their Head Start communities. HS/EHS understands that active and engaged father figures significantly benefit children’s learning and development. The goal of Project H.I.M. (Head Start Involving Males) is to support fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other significant male family members to be more actively involved with their children at home and in school. 

Grounded in a strength-based, protective factors approach for supporting fathers and families, Project H.I.M. focuses on three areas: (1) supporting fathers for economic empowerment; (2) supporting fathers to better relate to their very young children; and (3) helping fathers deal with their personal, unresolved issues that may get in the way of healthy relationships – including challenges reintegrating into family life following long absence such as from incarceration. Project H.I.M. provides ongoing support to fathers via phone and in-person group meetings, which often feature bilingual speakers from the community who provide interesting and interactive educational workshops.

Led by our dedicated Fatherhood Specialist, Project H.I.M. partners directly HS/EHS staff; fathers and father figures of our enrolled children; and partners of enrolled pregnant women to promote their child’s best interest and to support successful child outcomes.

Positive Male Role-Models and Father Figures support a child’s

  • School Readiness
  • Behavioral & Emotional Regulation
  • Verbal Skills
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Confidence
  • Decision-Making & Problem-Solving Skills
  • Likelihood of completing school