August 21, 2006
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National Center for Fathering Joins Forces
with WATCH D.O.G.S.
School-based program strengthens Center’s leadership in fostering good fathering
Kansas City, Mo. — The National Center for Fathering Inc. and WATCH D.O.G.S. Across America Inc., two national organizations promoting responsible fatherhood, have merged operations, according to Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center for Fathering.
Casey, who became chief executive officer of the National Center for Fathering (www.fathers.com) just four months ago, said blending the two groups will bring strong resources to each and will provide significant new avenues to achieve the shared objective of helping men become more involved and effective fathers.
“WATCH D.O.G.S. is extraordinarily successful in recruiting fathers to become involved in schools and has reached more than 400 schools in 35 states,” Casey said. “We at the National Center for Fathering look forward to educating and equipping even more fathers to be strong, positive influences in the lives of children.
“Both dads and kids — as well as schools and communities — will benefit from this combination of our organizations.”
Jim Moore, who founded WATCH D.O.G.S. (www.watchdogs.net) in Springdale, Ark., following a middle-school shooting incident in Jonesboro, Ark., in 1998, will serve as a consultant to the National Center for Fathering and continue to promote the WATCH D.O.G.S. program. Casey said Moore’s expertise and support is deeply valued.
Operational headquarters of WATCH D.O.G.S. will remain in Springdale under the leadership of Scott Huse. Huse started the second WATCH D.O.G.S. program in his children’s elementary school in 1998. In 2005, he joined the full-time staff of WATCH D.O.G.S., where has been responsible for developing the program nationally.
“The research is clear. Children with involved fathers enjoy school more, perform better and graduate on time,” Casey said. “Working with WATCH D.O.G.S. over the last few years, we have seen first-hand the extraordinary benefits of the presence of fathers and father figures in schools. This merger will enable us to grow as an organization and increase our impact in the Heartland and across the nation.”
WATCH D.O.G.S., which stands for “Dads of Great Students,” is a K12 program that provides a simple and effective way for fathers to spend meaningful time with their children in the school setting. Schools registered with the program invite fathers or father figures such as grandfathers, uncles, or other male adults to volunteer at least one day at their child’s school during the school year.
Volunteer WATCH D.O.G.S. perform a variety of tasks such as monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, reading to classes or small groups of students, assisting with recess or eating lunch with students.
Through surveys, participating schools report that WATCH D.O.G.S. promotes a safe and positive learning environment, generates father involvement in other school activities, makes a significant contribution to the safety of the school, helps reduce students’ behavioral problems and contributes to an increase in student achievement in the school.
The National Center for Fathering focuses on providing practical, "how-to" oriented resources for dads, building on one of the nation's largest databases on fathers and fathering.
“WATCH D.O.G.S. is an easy way for fathers to become more engaged with children,” Casey added. “Once engaged, the Center enriches fathers by providing direction, guidance, ideas and resources to help them become even more effective in their involvement with their children.”
The National Center for Fathering reaches dads with encouragement and practical tips on a daily basis through its Web site at www.fathers.com and a nationwide radio program, and offers seminars and materials for small groups designed to help men take a giant leap forward in their fathering. The Center also conducts research into the social impact of fathers, provides testimony to legislative bodies and serves as a resource for social agencies, the government, the media, and the private sector.
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