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Arkansas Fatherhood and Family Initiative: Fathers Empowered and Engaged to Learn (FEEL)

Link to this post 01 May 14


A task force has been formed to work on a statewide fatherhood initiative. The purpose of the group is identifying ways to engage fathers in the early childhood education of their children. The Task Force will identify resources and activities to improve fatherhood engagement in the state of Arkansas.

The officers for the task force are:

Chair: Ivory Daniels
Co-Chair: Cecil McDonald
Secretary: Jackie Hale
Treasurer: Ava Coleman
Parliamentarian: Robert Ousley
Historian: Anarella Cellitti
Advisor: Jackie Govan

The statewide fatherhood training with Sidney Moncrief and the Moncrief One Team was very successful! We trained over 150 participants on engaging fathers, finance, self-regulation, and much more in five locations across the state.

The fatherhood team will identify a "Fantastic Father" in the State of Arkansas each quarter. A fantastic father is one who engages in their child's education and life from birth to adulthood. Are you that Fantastic Father?

They are working to create a statewide fatherhood mentoring program. Stay tuned for further information.

Please mark your calendars for the 2016 Meetings and Events:

  • August 9, 2016, 9:30 am-2:30 pm, November 8, 2016, 9:30 am-2:30 pm

  • January, 2017 "Reading is Electric" Read-A-Thon: Engaging Fathers in Reading to Children

  • April, 2017 Books-A-Million Book Drive for Head Start/Early Head Start

In 2017, the Fatherhood Initiative will invite fathers to participate in a Statewide Fatherhood Mentoring Program. Please share with everyone you know, so that we can get motivated fathers to be a part of this mentoring process.

Please review the attached documents to learn more about the Mission and Vision of the Arkansas Fatherhood and Family Initiative.

  1. fatherhoodmissionvision.pdf
  2. socialmediacard.pdf
  3. Fatherhood Mentor Application Form.pdf