(Daddy Reads With Me)
DREAM (Daddy READs with Me) is a community-engaged intervention research project that builds on a collaborative partnership between The Ohio State University College of Social Work (CSW) and Action For Children (AFC)—a community agency providing fatherhood programming to underserved fathers in Columbus. The DREAM project involves co-development and co-implementation of a father-centric virtual dialogic reading (DR) intervention, with Black non-resident fathers and their preschoolers.
The project has three main aims:
1. To determine the acceptability, usability, and feasibility of DREAM with Black non-resident fathers from underserved backgrounds.
2. To evaluate the direct effects of DREAM on Black non-resident fathers’ use of DR strategies.
3. To evaluate the direct effects of DREAM on Black non-resident fathers’ parenting strengths, involvement with preschoolers, father-child relationship quality, and preschoolers’ language and socio-emotional development.
Co-Principal investigators: Joyce Lee, PhD, Susan Yoon, PhD (College of Social Work, OSU)
Consultants: John Hutton (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital); Natasha Cabrera (The University of Maryland, College of Education)
Community Partners: Angela Daniels; Jeff Kramer, Sada King, Bilal Jones (Action for Children)
Funder: The Ohio State University Outreach & Engagement Grant; The Ohio State University College of Social Work Community-Engaged Research Grant