The FAM Project


The purpose of the Fathers and Mothers (FAM) Project is to investigate associations between coparenting quality, scaffolding during parent-child interactions, and children’s self-regulation and academic readiness in African-American families.


We know little about how co-parenting relationship quality and fathers’ residential status influence parent-child interactions that scaffold self-regulation and, thereby, promote academic readiness among African-American preschoolers. There is a critical need to identify how African-American mothers and nonresidential or residential fathers prepare their children for school. School readiness is important because it predicts academic achievement  and eventual high school completion.


We are currently recruiting African American mothers, African American nonresidential or residential fathers and their 4 year old child for this project.


This project is funded through a NIH small R03 grant


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