Project Description

Male Engagement Program | Men Showing Up Strong!

More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent.  If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency.

At Families & Communities Rising, we have created the Male Engagement Program to create a pathway for families who we serve to engage men when a father is absent from a child’s life or to offer support for men who are seeking deeper connections with the children in their lives.

An “engaged father” is defined as one who “feels responsible for and behaves responsibly toward his child, is emotionally engaged and physically accessible, provides material support to sustain the child’s needs, is involved in childcare, and exerts influence in child rearing decisions.” We salute the men who choose to take an active role in the molding and development of children. With your continued support, our children will help shape the world of tomorrow.


Enjoy Storytime With Our Father Figures!

DHS-EHS Family Engagement Specialist Darryl Smith spends quality time with his son Dylan by reading him the book titled “The Poky Little Puppy”. Daryl is an avid supporter of the Male Engagement program.

Sean Warren is a Parent Family Community Engagement Coordinator with Durham Early Head Start. In this video he reads the children’s book “Daddy Kisses” to his daughter Zoey. Sean is a real champion for male engagement.

OCHS/EHS staff person Kenneth Robinson is a NC Pre-K Coordinator at Orange County Head Start & Early Head Start.  He reads the children’s book “I Just Want To Say Good Night”. Kenneth shares his time to support and inspire.

Mr Nery with Orange County Head Start & Early Head Start sings to his students.

Pierre Taybron, a father or six (6) enjoys quality time with his children and the book “Animal Babies”. Mr. Taybron has been an active supporter of the Durham Head Start & Early Head Start male engagement program for the past five (5) years.

OCHS/EHS staff person Kenneth Robinson is a NC Pre-K Coordinator at Orange County Head Start & Early Head Start. Kenneth lends his support by shaings his favorite children’s book, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”.


Our children and families have looked to us for strength and assistance and we have worked to answer that call. Join us.