We’re excited to remind you about the statewide collaborative initiative: Dad’s Take Your Child to School (DTYCTS). This is a campaign to promote father involvement by encouraging fathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, godfathers, and other significant male caregivers to take their children to school or Head Start in September and remain involved throughout the year.
Last year over 400 schools and Head Start programs across New York State, numerous community and statewide partners, and thousands of dads participated in this event. Throughout educational institutions from Niagara Falls to New York City, father involvement is growing around New York. To learn more about the campaign, review news clips and videos, or watch an informational, visit the current DTYCTS website: We will be launching a new website soon, so be on the lookout for this updated information.
Each school or Head Start program will have the opportunity to shape this initiative to meet the needs of their children and parents. Administrators and principals are asked to encourage fathers or father figures to bring their children to school. Some may have packets of information for dads, invite local dignitaries to greet dads, or have a short ceremony welcoming dads and their children. The enclosed information will give you ideas about how your Head Start program can be involved in this state-wide initiative. We believe that Dads Take Your Child to School is aligned with the mission of the Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Head Start, and we encourage you to be involved in this important initiative.