Father Involvement in Education
When fathers are involved in the lives of their children, especially their education, children learn more, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior. Even if you do not share a home with your kids, your active involvement in your child’s education can have a lasting and positive impact.
Research shows that when fathers are engaged in children’s education, student grades and test scores improve, attendance increases, and students are more involved in school activities. For example,
• Preschoolers with involved fathers have stronger verbal skills than those with less involved fathers.
• Girls who have a close, warm relationship with their father have stronger math skills and abilities.
In contrast, when fathers are not engaged, children are two times more likely to repeat a grade or drop out of school. There are countless ways to be involved in your child’s education at all ages. This page can help you explore how to support your child and encourage lifelong learning.
What if I do not live in the same location as my child?
How can I be more involved in their education?
You can still be actively involved in your child’s education, even if you are long-distance! When you talk with your child, ask about school, what they did and who they played with, and what they learned. Hold virtual parent-teacher conferences to discuss your child’s academic progress. Make it a point to visit and attend special events, such as band or choral recitals or graduations, if possible.