PS 36 Margaret Douglas School : Dads Take Child To School

On Sept 22, 2015, PS 36 celebrated the third annual Dads Take Your Child to School Day. The initiative which began in NYC Public Schools in 2013. Studies have shown a significance for father involvement in a child's life. 

Why is "Dads Take Your Child to School" Important? 

Research indicates that children whose fathers take active a more active role in their lives have better outcomes related to academics, behavior, and social skills:


  • Father involvement in schools is associated with the higher likelihood of a student getting mostly A’s.
  • Children that have a father involved in their life are two times less likely to drop out of school.
  • Children living in homes with a father present are two times less likely to repeat a grade in school
  • Children of highly-involved resident fathers were 55 % more likely to enjoy school
  • Students whose non-resident fathers were involved in their schools were more likely to participate in extracurricular activities.
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes– Nine times the national average.

  • 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes. 20 times the national average.
  • Children living in two-parent households with a positive relationship with their father are 32% less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households
  • Adolescent girls raised with involved Fathers are significantly less likely to be sexually active
  • Boys whose fathers are present in the household are 2 times  less likely to go to prison as boys with fathers that  are absent

Social Skills

  • Children with an involved father tend to have more self-control and tend to be less  impulsive
  • Children tend to have a higher self esteem and be more generous when there is father involvement.
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The event is drawing an increase in father involvement each year. We look forward to continued success throughout the year and more years to follow. .