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.

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 taken in Two parts. If you cannot attend the second part, please contact us by phone at (757)378-3177 or email at 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 – February 13, 2019– 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads – March 28, 2019– 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads – March 14, 2019– 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads – April 25, 2019 – 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads – April 11, 2019– 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads – May 23, 2019 – 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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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

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 – February 19, 2019–  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads – March 27, 2019–  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads – March 19, 2019–  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads – April 24, 2019 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads – April 16, 2019–  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads – May 22, 2019 –  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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  • Part 1 of Rookie Dads – May 21, 2019 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
  • Part 2 of Rookie Dads – June 18, 2019 –  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    To register, CLICK HERE
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Linkages: Building Strong Connections

Linkages: Building Strong Connections provides weekly parenting education sessions, one-on-one coaching, and family support services for incarcerated fathers and their families. Incarcerated fathers, many of whom are eager to be involved as fathers, often face multiple barriers to involvement with their children. Linkages sessions address parenting topics such as child growth and development, positive discipline, communication, and co-parenting. The program is operated in collaboration with Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Focus program and the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Other Services

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.

Funding

Funding for this project was provided through Child Development Resources’ Investing in Fatherhood: New Pathways program and is supported by funds through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant #90FK0107-01-00 and 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.