Classes (“Team Practices”) are currently offered at the Pump Station in Santa Monica, privately, and at preschools. In these communications-focused groups, kids play freely, while their dads (or other caregivers) learn of their different roles and when and how to take them on. They meet other dads, relax, and learn – from their kids, from each other and from a trained coach. By closely observing their children, and through discussion and demonstrations from the facilitator, dad and kids work on “talk” that will benefit both in their lifelong partnership. Specific topics can include tantrums, boundaries, conflicts, eating, cooperation, respect, responsibility, siblings, spouse/partnership, mental wellness, patterns of thought, self-management and having a good time, as well as when and how to intervene in young children’s play. Fathers learn to make the most of what time with their children they do have, and to develop a framework for more enjoyable interactions that support the child’s social, emotional and cognitive growth.
Classes are for young children (4 mos to 3 years) and their caregivers and take approximately 90 minutes. Limit 8 kids per class, with classes separated by child’s mobility stage. Our small groups become pop-up communities that are safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing for the children, while being inclusive, peaceful, comfortable and intellectually stimulating for the adults. No Phones!
Through strategic partnerships, we hope to train more coaches and offer more classes to a broader and diverse range of fathers and other caregivers.
The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (“ASQ”) is a screening tool for developmental delays in young children from 0 to 60 months old. Heralded as the “gold standard” for developmental screening by leading authorities and users worldwide the parent-administered ASQ screening tool offers a powerful combination of reliability, convenience, affordability, and family involvement. ASQ deployment is a critical part of any effective a home visitation program.
In this training, participants will learn to administer the questionnaire, to discuss the results with parents, to make referrals as necessary, and how to use deployment of the screening tool as an opportunity to build relationships with new parents.
Richard Cohen, PhD
Former Director of Project ABC, Children’s Institute, Inc.
How To Help
We seek energetic partners and qualified volunteers. We are actively recruiting board members with connections to cash and/or groups of dads with young kids. We offer scholars a chance to do research that will make a big difference fairly soon. We represent an extraordinary opportunity for corporations or funding organizations interested in high-profile support of the work of fathers.