“Dads Take Your Child to School Day” Set For September 19
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DadBeThere event in PeekskillAug. 29, 2017 -- Mark your calendars: “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” is taking place on Sept. 19, 2017, and County Executive Robert P. Astorino encourages all dads and school leaders to join in the movement.

“Dads Take Your Child to School Day is a great way to get the school year started off right – and to keep it going strong,” said Astorino, a father of three young children. “Please join us and show our children we care about their education and will be there for them all year long. We understand that not all families are the same, though, so by all means any father figure, mom or caregiver is encouraged to participate, too.”

If you are a school leader, visit the statewide campaign site to register your school at www.dadstakeyourchildtoschoolday.com. It only takes a minute to sign up, and there are some great activity ideas to explore while you’re there. You can also learn more by contacting Joseph D. Kenner of the Westchester County Department of Social Services by e-mail at or by phone at (914) 995-3287.

Now in its third year, Westchester’s Dads Take Your Child to School Day is part of a statewide campaign that promotes fatherhood by encouraging fathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, godfathers, and other significant male caregivers to be involved in their child’s education. Research shows that students with involved fathers do better in school and stay in school longer.

Astorino’s #DadBeThere fatherhood initiative is an ongoing effort to support the full spectrum of fathers – from those who are active in the home to those who are absent. Programs range from career counseling and job placement assistance to simply creating more opportunities for dads and families to spend time together. Visit www.westchestergov.com/dadbethere to learn more.

All dads and families are encouraged to share their proud fathering moments using the hashtags #DadBeThere and #DadsTakeYourChildtoSchoolDay.