All Dads

Matter Program

Boot Camp

For New Dads

Leadership

For Life

Men's Group

Male Engagement

Activities

Helping Men

Recover

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All Dads Matter

 

The Merced County Human Services, All Dads Matter Program is determined to make committed, responsible fatherhood a county priority.

 

Research indicates parental involvement directly contributes to better school performance, reduced substance abuse, less crime and delinquency, fewer emotional, and other behavioral problems, less risk of abuse or neglect, and lower risk of teen suicide.

 

The research is clear: fathers factor significantly in the lives of their children.  There is simply no substitute.

 

Look throughout the year for community events and trainings, such as:

 

• Boot Camp for New Dads

• Men's/Father's Support Groups

• Leadership for Life

 

All located at our new All Dad's Matter Resource Center:

 

3376 North Highway 59, Suite D

Merced, CA  95348

(209) 385-7521

 

Click on the tabs above for more information.

Boot Camp for New Dads

 

Boot Camp for New Dads is a one-day, three-hour workshop for first time or expectant dads. Using a unique man to man approach, veteran dads and their babies orient rookie dads who are expecting a new baby. Topics include:

 

• Perspectives on fatherhood

• Supporting mom in her role as a new mother

• Recognizing symptoms of Post Partum Baby Blues, depression

• Crying baby checklist

• Baby safety

• Managing “New Daddy Stress”

• Self-care

 

Please call (209) 385-7521 for dates and locations.

LEADERSHIP FOR LIFE

NAVIGATING | COMMUNICATING | ADVOCATING

 

Leadership for Life offers a series of workshops where men will develop skills to navigate, communicate, and advocate for themselves and their children. Dads are invited to:

 

• Receive honest information and peer support

• Join other dads at “Hands-on Applications” sessions

• View interactive videos and practice communicating in a safe and supportive environment.

• Take field trips with other Dads

• Build your own resource “Tool Box”

 

Workshops are offered on Wednesday evening, 6 - 8 p.m.

 

Call (209) 385-7521 for more details

 

 

 

Men's Support Group

 

Men’s Support Group offers a safe environment for dads to discuss issues relating to fatherhood. The All Dads Matter Men’s Support Group offers support and encouragement to fathers of our community, while offering education on a broad range of subjects relating to the fatherhood experience. They are both offered in English and Spanish.

 

• Spanish Parenting Classes: Monday evening, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

• English Support Groups: Tuesday and Thursday, 6 - 8 p.m.

 

Parenting classes include:

 

• Nurturing Parenting

• Positive discipline

Promotes the importance of healthy food choices. This workshop uses very simple recipes that men can use to introduce healthy foods.
Men and Kids Moving and Learning promotes the importance of getting 60 minutes of vigorous to moderate exercise through fun and dance.
Silly Slimy Science introduces science and experimentation through a series of fun experiments.

Male Engagement Activities

The All Dads Matter Team offers a catalog of activities in conjunction with community partners (MCOE and other School Districts) for fathers to interact with their young children in a safe environment where the activities are age appropriate, fun and easy to replicate at home with minimum expense and effort. The facilitator focuses on setting the stage for dads and children to have a lasting memory. This allows the participants to have a positive experience and enhance the relationship between the children and the father figure.

 

Catalog of Workshops offered:

 

1. Man Plays with Food:

 

Man Plays with Food promotes the importance of healthy food choices. This workshop uses very simple recipes that men can use to introduce healthy foods. This workshop also promotes the importance of spending “quality time” by doing simple things like preparing a snack. Man Plays with Food supports learning by practicing skills such as counting and identifying colors all while having a great time.

 

2. Men and Kids Moving and Learning:

 

Men and Kids Moving and Learning promotes the importance of getting 60 minutes of vigorous to moderate exercise through fun and dance.

 

3. Silly Slimy Science:

 

Silly Slimy Science introduces science and experimentation through a series of fun experiments. Participants will explore different properties like liquids, solids and powders. Participants will learn to measure and combine properties such as corn starch, water and water color to create a solid that is also a liquid also known as “Oobleck”!!

 

Helping Men Recover

Helping Men Recover offers a safe environment for Dads to address issues relating to a man undergoing recovery while dealing with past trauma. The All Dads Matter Helping Men Recover program offers support and encouragement to fathers who are dealing with challenges that negatively affect their abilities as a father, while offering education on a broad range of subjects relating to trauma. This program is offered in as closed group, all those interested in participating will have to enroll prior to the beginning  of each cohort.

 

Components include:

  • Module A: Self
  • Module B: Relationships
  • Module C: Sexuality
  • Module D: Spirituality

 

 

The All Dads Matter team invites you to take the first step on the journey to becoming the father you always wanted to be.

Contact Us

 

Resource Center

3376 North Highway 59, Suite D

Merced, CA  95348

 

Telephone: (209) 385-7521

Fax: (209) 725-3848

 

Hours

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Merced County presents the All Dads Matter Program