Fatherhood Program

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Fatherhood Resources

Children are more likely to lead healthy, successful lives when both their mother and father are actively involved in their lives in positive ways. Father presence matters, and CDR supports fathers through its family-centered approach to services.

Our free Fatherhood programs support dads and families with one-on-one and group assistance with parenting, relationships, health, employment, money matters, and personal growth opportunities. We want to help you by providing support on your path to becoming a stronger father figure in a child’s life.

24/7 Dads

24/7 Dads is a series of parenting workshops designed for dads and led by CDR’s Fatherhood Program. JOIN DADS LIKE YOU to expand your parenting toolkit and discover what works best for you and your family. We’ll discuss your goals when it comes to parenting, career, and finances!

 

Below are the dates of our upcoming info sessions at our 210 Packets Court location:

  • July 10 | 6 -7pm
  • August 19 | 5:30- 6:30 pm
  • September 26 | 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • November 6 | 5:30- 6:30 pm
Sign up to learn more about 24/7 Dads at cdrfatherhood.com
Our Consultants

Family engagement is a cornerstone of CDR’s program. Engaging children’s fathers or other key male figures is essential for success.

To achieve engagement, a fatherhood consultant, himself a dad, works in partnership with a CDR family consultant to involve, educate, and empower fathers on how to be positive a force in their child’s life. Many of the families enrolled in CDR are parented by single moms. The fatherhood consultant helps both mothers and fathers navigate the dynamics of their relationship so that the child benefits. If the child’s father is not available, CDR staff work with the mother to help her identify a strong male role model to help meet the child’s needs.

Rookie Dads

CDR’s Rookie Dads program trains expectant dads to be involved in the care of their new baby. The free, two-hour class gives men a chance to gather with other men to talk about what to expect from their new role; discuss concerns; and learn about feeding, diapering, bathing, and sleeping techniques in a safe, supportive environment.
Classes are conducted by a CDR fatherhood consultant and a father mentor. Dads who attend the class receive a dad diaper bag filled with useful and educational items.

Child Development Resources has partnered with Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Riverside Regional Medical Center  in Newport News to offer this class. Please refer to the schedules below for specific locations, dates, times of classes, and registration details.

Rookie Dads classes are designed to be taken in two parts — Rookie I and Rookie II. A description of each appears below. Please register for each class by clicking on the appropriate date link. If you cannot attend the second part, please contact us by phone at (757)378-3177 or email fatherhood@cdr.org for other possible available dates.

Sentara Regional Medical Center – Williamsburg
2019 Rookie Dads Class Schedule
Follow the links below or call CDR at 757-378-3177 to register for the parenting class for new and expectant dads!
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  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads – May 9, 2019 – 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads – June 27, 2019 – 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads – June 13, 2019 – 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads – July 25, 2019 – 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads – July 11, 2019 – 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads – August 22, 2019 – 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads – August 8, 2019 – 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads – September 26, 2019 – 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE

Riverside Regional Medical Center – Newport News
Actual class location – Riverside Annex Building
2019 Rookie Dads Class Schedule
Register online below or by calling CDR at 757-378-3177

  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads– May 21, 2019 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads– June 26, 2019 –  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads – June 18, 2019 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads– July 24, 2019 –  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads– July 16, 2019 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads– August 28, 2019 –  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads– August 20, 2019 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads– September 25, 2019 –  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
Other Services
  • Fun Family Events
    Join us for fun family events that include light meals, informative speakers, games, and other activities.
  • Parenting Education
    Learn about topics such as child development, safety, handling your child’s daily needs, tips for effective discipline, and more!
  • Relationship Skills
    Topics range from Developing Relationships and Resolving Conflicts to Anger Management and Communication. Our topics are chosen based on the needs of our fathers and families.
  • Employment Assistance
    Need help finding a job, writing a resume, or interviewing? Are you lacking the skills you need to land a good paying job? Interested in working towards your GED? Let us help you work towards improving your job skills, find a better paying job, or get linked to community resources.
  • Money Matters
    Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Perhaps you just wish you had more money for little extras. We will provide group trainings on money management and one-on-one assistance with goal setting and action steps to get you on your way to greater financial stability.
  • Other Support Services
    Through our relationships with community partners, we can help link you to resources that help meet your needs in areas such as Adult Literacy, Effects of Trauma on Children, Child Development Milestones and Development, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Services, Child Support Enforcement, and more.
Funding

Funding for this project was provided through VA Department of Social Services’ Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program. These services are available to all persons regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion. Participation in these services is voluntary.

Questions or concerns about your child? Call CDR’s TOTS line at 757-566-TOTS.

¿Tiene preguntas acerca de su bebé o niño? llame al 757-566-3300.