County Executive Robert P. AstorinoOct. 24, 2017 -- The 4th Annual New York Fathering Conference is now accepting workshop proposals for its summit at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on April 3, 2018, County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced today. The theme is “Learn Everywhere Every Day.”

“It is firmly my belief that stronger communities begin with stronger families,” Astorino said. “The New York Fathering Conference continues to be one of the most popular and important summits of the year, bringing together over 400 fathers, young men and service providers to focus on improving outcomes for families.”

Please download, complete and submit a proposal form by e-mail to by Friday, December 15. 

The program committee for the New York Fathering Conference will select professionals who work directly with fathers, who write about fathers, or who influence policies. Workshop proposals this year should focus on areas related to education, literacy and other related community initiatives that are available to families. Examples of potential workshops could include, but are not limited to:

  • Engaging dads in child development
  • Fostering dads’ participation with schools
  • Developing strategies for dads and kids to learn together
  • Creating reading programs that work
  • Participating in everyday activities that promote literacy
  • Teaching dads and kids to read
  • Promoting literacy at work and moving beyond the GED

Each workshop will be approximately 90 minutes and should give service providers and/or dads information, interaction and tools that they can bring back their practices and communities.

For more information, contact Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Social Services Joseph D. Kenner by e-mail at .

The New York Fathering Conference is part of Astorino’s ongoing #DadBeThere fatherhood initiative, which targets the full spectrum of fathers, from those who are present in the home to those who are not. Programs range from career counseling and job placement assistance to simply creating more opportunities for dads and families to spend time together. Learn more at