WATCH D.O.G.S. is a one-of-a-kind, school-based father involvement program that works to support education and safety

Watch D.O.G.S., or Dads of Great Students, helps get fathers into schools to be positive influences.

As a program of the National Center for Fathering, we have more than 5,348 registered schools in 47 states that participate in the WATCH D.O.G.S. program, in addition to participation in China, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Barbados.

Who are WatchDOGS? Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator.

During 2003, WATCH D.O.G.S. conducted a survey of 50 participating schools nationwide. Key findings:

  • 89% agree that WATCH D.O.G.S. is a valuable component of the school’s efforts to promote a safe and positive learning environment for students.
  • 79% agree that since implementing the WATCH D.O.G.S. program, the school has experienced an increase in father involvement in areas other than WATCH D.O.G.S. (parent-teacher conferences, volunteerism in the classroom or after school, PTA involvement).

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