The Goal and Objectives   The goal of the initiative is to establish and institutionalize dads groups with elementary and middle schools.   These dads groups will be open to all males who desire to play a positive role in the lives of children. The initiative will utilize the term “dad like persons” (dlps) as an indication that all adult males are welcome to participate. The groups will pursue three major objectives:

  1. Presence Dads will work to become present in the lives of their children
  2. Potential As the result of the presence of their dads, children will more nearly fulfill their individual potential
  3. Partnership The dads groups will engage in service to their children’s school through an ongoing partnership


Donald Dunn - NC PTA

“While I was President, we embraced Be There Dad® to educate and guide dads in the creation of their own dads groups to increase male engagement in schools across our state of North Carolina.”

– Donald Dunn, former President North Carolina State PTA


Harold Dixon - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

“Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools endorses the Be There Dad® process to establish sustainable dads groups in the schools within Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Increasing male involvement in our schools is one of our highest priorities.”

–  Harold Dixon, Family Engagement Specialist – CMS