Improving Reading Proficiency Through Father Engagement

Real Dads Read (RDR) is program by Fathers Incorporated aimed at elementary and middle school aged children (K-8) and their fathers/male caregivers.

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Real Dads Read is a two-generation approach to engaging and improving outcomes for both men and the children for which they are responsible. Our program goals are:

80% of low-income children will not read proficiently by third grade, a significant predictor of child's school success.

Reading to children is a clear and beneficial way for fathers to spend quality time with their children.

When fathers are involved in the lives of their children, especially their education, children learn more, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior. Even when fathers do not share a home with their children, their active involvement can have a lasting and positive impact.

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Children Books

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Get to know our team at Fathers Incorporated.


Work and Focus

As a community-based intervention project, Real Dads Read provides books to fathers in local barbershops in an attempt to meet fathers in naturalistic contexts and capitalize on the rich oral tradition of African American families.

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Program Engagement Levels

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Book Drive Implementation

Implementation of a book drive in Barbershops throughout Atlanta

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Little Free Libraries

Creating little free libraries in Barbershops to encourage reading.

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Community Groups

School-based community groups to meet once a month in reading activities

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Changing the Narrative

Creating social media platforms to impact the narrative of black fathers


Million Fathers March

The project is an opportunity for dads, uncles, grandfathers, coaches, mentors, clergy, men’s groups and organizations to show their commitment to the educational lives of their children by escorting children to school on this day.



About Our Organization

An award-winning 501(c)(3) not-for-profit dedicated to providing professional development, organizational capacity and direct services in the area of fathers and their families.


Mission and Focus

Established in 2004, FI has a unique seat at the national table, working with leaders in the White House, Congress, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Family Law, Business, Faith-Based and the Responsible Fatherhood Movement.

Fathers Incorporated works to change the current societal and cultural definition of family to be inclusive of fathers.

FI works collaboratively with organizations around the country to identify and advocate for social and legislative changes that lead to healthy father involvement with children, regardless of the father’s marital or economic status, or geographic location.

We focus on several issues ranging from:

  • Co-parenting

  • Employment

  • Incarceration

  • Domestic Violence

  • Child Support

  • Financial Stability

  • Fatherhood Engagement

  • Early Childhood Development

Fathers Incorporated works and collaborates in sectors such as:

97% of all dads agree that the day that their child was born was one of the best days of their lives.
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Children who spend quality time with their fathers are 80% less likely to be incarcerated or engage in criminal activities.


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In the residential sector for 25 years

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