Parents and students received support and education to prepare for the new school year at Fatherhood PRIDE’s Back to School event on August 12. Fatherhood PRIDE, an initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition, works with local fathers to help them best engage with their children to ensure all babies are born healthy and reach their first birthday.
Hosted at Platinum Cutts Barbershop, students who attended the event were given backpacks filled with essentials for the first day, discounted haircuts and the encouragement to have a great and successful school year.
Community partners from UF Health Jacksonville, Legal Shield and the Women’s Center were in attendance and passed out information about their programs to provide additional support to families. Healthy Families Jacksonville and Healthy Start, both initiatives of the Coalition, were also in attendance.
Fathers play a pivotal part in a child’s development. The Coalition’s Fatherhood PRIDE program works to keep fathers in Northeast Florida engaged, present and accounted for so their children survive and thrive.