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Keynotes, Presentations, and Workshops

Patrick Mitchell, Founder
The Down To Earth Dad
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Patrick Mitchell is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and trainer providing keynote addresses, workshops, in-service and pre-service trainings, specialty presentations, and consulting and coaching services to educators, parents, programs, organizations, policy-makers and practitioners.

Patrick has appeared on national television, and his message inspires, informs, and entertains audiences, and he empowers participants to empower parents to build strong bonds with their kids.  The Child Care Bureau in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Head Start Bureau, and countless schools and child-and-family-serving programs and organizations have invited Patrick  to keynote and present at major national, regional, and state-level and local conferences.  Patrick writes a column for Children's Voice magazine published by the Child Welfare League of America in Washington, DC, and he is a father and stepfather in a family of six.

To book Patrick Mitchell for your next staff day, workshop, or national, state, or local conference, banquet, or special event, call 1-877-282-DADS, send email to Patrick Mitchell, or send a FAX to 208-765-1017.  Programs and Schools: Read a letter from Patrick about the value of doing a Down to Earth Dad® Staff Training and a Family Storytelling Night® for your staff and parents.


Upcoming Events...

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes Multi-State Head Start Conference

The Down To Earth Dad will provide the Keynote Address at the Marriott Hotel Statehouse Convention Center in August, 2017, and will train administrators, directors, and state-level staff at a pre-conference event as well. The Region VI Head Start Conference is comprised of policy makers, program directors, staff, parents, and child-and-family advocates from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Oregon Early Childhood Program Books Down To Earth Dad Events

Patrick Mitchell, known nationally as "The Down To Earth Dad" and "The Family Storytelling Night Guy," will train Head Start and EHS program staff via an entertaining workshop titled, "How To Get Men To Do Absolutely ANYTHING!" in fall, 2017. He will also facilitate his highly-interactive "Family Storytelling Night" for the program's families in this beautiful Oregon coastal locale at the edge of a beautiful protected bay, lush emerald forests and the mighty Pacific Ocean.

Quinault Nation Hosts Patrick Mitchell Events in Spring

The Quinault Tribal Head Start program, located in Tahola, Washington, have invited Patrick Mitchell to be part of their "Family Camp" celebration in spring, 2017, faciltating the telling of stories to enhance early literacy, sharing family and community history, heritage, and culture, and adding even more fun to the end-of-the-school-year festivities. The Quinalt people, Southwestern Coast Salish people, historically lived at the mouth of the Tahola (formerly Quinalt) River in this most beautiful part of the world.

Kansas Head Start Program Books Spring Family Fun Night

A southwestern Kansas early-childhood program has invited Patrick Mitchell to train staff on how to get men to be optimally engaged in their children's lives -- at preschool and home -- and to facilitate an end-of-the-year celebration of parent engagement and early-literacy enhancement. There will be good food, and good fun for everyone!

Cheyenne River Sioux Program Invites Patrick to South Dakota

The Down To Earth Dad will provide his famous laugh-a-minute interactive "Family Storytelling Night" as an end-of-the-year celebration of parent-and-family engagement and early-literacy enhancement in April, 2017. The next morning, Patrick Mitchell will conduct a highly-entertaining Training for the Head Start staff on getting (and keeping) good men engaged.

Maryland School District Slates Spring ESL, Dad-Involvement Events

A Maryland School District on Chesapeake Bay has reserved Patrick Mitchell for a multi-grade-level English Language (EL) program literacy-enhancement event -- for children, parents, and extended family members -- in April, 2017. This "Family Storytelling Night" will be a BLAST for everyone. The next morning, The Down To Earth Dad will provide a staff training on father, grandfather, "significant-male" engagement, providing tips and techniques educators can us to get their good men more engaged all school-year long.

Recent Events...

'Dad' Trains Alabama Early Childhood Educators to Optimize Male Engagement

The Down To Earth Dad entertained and trained Head Start and Early Head Start educators in an Alabama program in January, 2017. About 100 families enjoyed good food and great fun, told stories (and made Family Storyboards) at an official "Family Storytelling Night" facilitated by Patrick Mitchell, and learned a method of whittling away the approximately 1000 hours of early-literacy that children need *prior to kindergarten* to become great readers in the school years.

Navajo Families Get Early-Literacy Enhancement Evening in New Mexico

Patrick Mitchell,known nationally as "The Family Storytelling Night Guy" and "The Down to Earth Dad" for his facilitation of early-literacy enhancement and school readiness PFCE events for children and families -- and for providing entertaining staff trainings for educators -- was the guest of a Native American Head Start program in New Mexico in November, 2017. A GREAT time was had by all!

'The Family Storytelling Night Guy' Visits New Mexico Pueblo

A GREAT time was had by all at Patrick Mitchell's "Family Storytelling Night" (without books) in October, facilitated for San Felipe Pueblo parents, grandparents, and children. The evening event featured food, the sharing of family and community history, heritage, and culture via stories, and the night bolstered school readiness and enhanced the capacity of parents to enrich their children's early literacy prior to kindergarten. Many parents said afterward, the event was "the most fun we've had at a family night!"

Kansas Program Reserves PFCE Literacy Night

A Kansas early childhood program reserved and enjoyed a pair of Patrick Mitchell events in fall, 2016 celebrating early literacy enhancement, parent and family engagement, and school readiness via a unique and inspirational "Family Storytelling Night" assemblage of activities to bolster early literacy/family literacy. Delicious food was served , much to the delight of the facilitator!

New Mexico Pueblos Reserve PFCE Nights

Two New Mexico Pueblo early childhood programs reserved Patrick Mitchell events for spring, 2017; specifically, a parent-and-family-engagement (PFCE) early-literacy enhancement and school-readiness fun night called "Family Storytelling Night," and a staff training on weaving father/grandfather engagement into the OHS PFCE Framework the following morning. Both events are designed to be ucommonly FUN for participants. Down To Earth Dad and Family Storytelling Nights are highly interactive, entertaining, and productive events for everyone!

January 'Evening With Dads' Slated as Encore Family Event

The Down To Earth Dad visited the Tulalip Early Head Start program -- for the third time -- in January, 2017 to provide his "Evening With Dads" inspirational and goal-setting event for fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other significant males connected to children enrolled in the early-childhood program. Additionally, Patrick Mitchell provided services to staff and a parent, family, and a highly-customized community engagement PFCE component.

Albuquerque Parents, Teaching Staff, Get Patrick Mitchell Events

Patrick Mitchell provided a pair of winter events for a New Mexico early childhood program eager to train staff and offer parents enhanced ways of interacting with children to foster more positive early-education results in the areas of cognitive, social, and emotional development -- and to beef up school readiness and early-literacy enhancement along the way in winter, 2017.

New Mexico Pueblo Books Fall, 2016 Events

Parents and families enjoyed a super-fun evening (with food!) at a Tribal Head Start preschool program in New Mexico, and Head Start and EHS staff were treated to an entertaining Staff Training the following morning -- in fall, 2016 -- on ways to get dads, grandpas, uncles, and other good men optimally engaged in children's young lives to enhance positive educational outcomes.

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes Oklahoma Conference in September

Patrick Mitchell, known nationally as THE DOWN TO EARTH DAD, keynoted a State of Oklahoma early childhood conference in September, 2016. The keynote title, “How To Get Men To Do Absolutely ANYTHING!” He provided the address, and an additional customized training for early-childhood educators, practitioners, and parents to help them get, and keep, good men optimally engaged.

Georgia Program Reserves Summer Staff Training

A three-hour Summer Staff Training on the topic of father/grandfather engagement engagement was provided by Patrick Mitchell in July, 201 for a Georgia early-childhood program. The entertaining, informative training included goal-setting activities for enhancing cognitive, social, and emotional development -- via increased male engagement in the early years -- with goal-setting for the coming school year.

California Pre-Service Staff Training Slated for November

The Down To Earth Dad provided a Pre-Service staff training event for a Central California Head Start program and provided an interactive, entertaining Staff Training for early childhood educators wishing to better engage the fathers, grandfathers, and other good men connected to their program's children.

Patrick Mitchell Teaches University Educators to Train Teachers

Patrick Mitchell trained approximately 50 Western New Mexico University instructors, educators, consultants, and early-childhood professionals during a two-day interactive lecture/instructional pair of events for university educators from throughout the State of New Mexico in April, 2016. The Down To Earth Dad taught teaching techniques for educators and practitioners who work with fathers, and shared insights on ways to get men to optimally involved in children's preschool and school-years education to optimize cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Summertime Staff Training Booked for Wisonsin Head Start

A Wisconsin Head Start & Early Head Start program booked a Down To Earth Dad pre-service training for summertime, and a great time was had by all -- including the speaker/trainer! The training was geared to helping the team bond more closely over a few key topics that have high impact for children and families; namely, early-literacy enhancement, school readiness, and parent and family engagement with special emphasis on ways to get dads, grandpas, and other good men optimally engaged and stepping forward to help all children in the program to thrive.

Kansas Summer Pre-Service Planned for August, 2016

The Down To Earth Dad provided a Head Start staff Pre-Service training in August, 2016, for a Kansas public preschool team ready to roll up their sleeves and optimize cognitive, social, and emotional development in the early years by getting dads, grandpas, and other good men fully engaged -- at Head Start and home.

Kansas Head Start Staff & Families Get DTED Events

The Down To Earth Dad provided an encore pair of events -- a staff training and a PFCE family night -- for a Kansas Head Start program in April, 2016. Both events happened on the same day, thus serving all staff and most parents.

Arizona Pueblo Hosts Staff Training

An early childhood program in Arizona hosted a morning Patrick Mitchell Staff Training in April, 2016, assisting staff in reaching existing male-engagement goals and optimizing positive cognitive, social, and emotional developmental outcomes for young children in the community by learning new ways to get more men actively engaged in their lives.

'Dad' Visits Big Sky Country in Springtime

Parents and families at a Montana Head Start program enjoyed a PFCE Early Literacy Enhancement and School-Readiness evening of fun this spring, and a staff training the next morning focusing on weaving father/grandfather engagement into the OHS PFCE Framework. The training was a blast for staff, and the families LOVED "Family Storytelling Night."

Ohio Early Childhood Program Staff, Families Host Events

An Ohio Head Start program hosted a Down To Earth Dad Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) evening school readiness and early-literacy-enhancement event -- called "Family Storytelling Night" -- at two sites connected to the program in March, 2016, along with a Staff Training on Friday morning.

Tulalip Tribe Invites Patrick for September Trainings

The Tulalip Tribe Early Childhood Education program hosted Patrick Mitchell to for an encore pair of interactive events -- one for parents and the other for staff -- in September, 2016. The Down To Earth Dad provided community and family engagement activities and an early childhood staff training on enhancing cognitive, social, and emotional development of children in the early years -- including the areas of early literacy and school readiness. This was the second time Patrick visited to interact with the families and community comprised, in part, of the Duwamish, Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skagit, Suiattle, Samish, and Stillaguamish people.

Patrick Mitchell Teaches University of New Mexico Educators

The Down To Earth Dad taught father/grandfather "significant male" engagement strategies to University of New Mexico educators at Las Cruces Convention Center in April, 2016. Consultants from throughout the State of New Mexico, program directors, program managers, and college professors learned new strategies for helping staff be optimally effective in engaging men in their children's early education.

Lummi Nation Hosts Patrick Mitchell at Longhouse Community Event

The Down To Earth Dad provided a an interactive parent-and-family engagement night in February, 2016 celebrating Tribal history, heritage, and culture in addition to enhancing early literacy and father/grandfather/uncle and significant-male engagement in children's lives. Additionally, Patrick trained early childhood staff on getting more good men more engaged to accomplish early-childhood goals.

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes U.S. Regional Education Conference

The Down To Earth Dad provided a keynote address at a major multi-state U.S. education conference in February, 2016, helping preschool, kindergarten, and primary school teachers and administers, program directors, caregivers, policy makers and practitioners promote quality care and education for young children. The organization serves over 20,000 individuals across Alabama, North Carolina, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Mississippi, West Virginia.

Down To Earth Dad Keynotes Alaska Early Childhood Conference

Patrick Mitchell provided the opening keynote and closing end-note addresses -- and several trainings in between -- for hundreds of early childhood professionals and parents from across Alaska in Anchorage in January, 2016.

Connecticut Educators Host Patrick Mitchell Events

A Connecticut school district hosted The Down To Earth Dad who provided early literacy enhancement and school-readiness events in Fall, 2015. Patrick Mitchell trained teachers on getting men super-involved, and then the next morning conducted a staff training for early-childhood educators on the topic of weaving father/grandfather engagement into the OHS PFCE Framework while assisting the staff and support team in making goals for getting men optimally engaged all year long.

The Down To Earth Dad Trains Dads, Moms, and Teachers

Midwest U.S. fathers and grandfathers participated in a lively interchange of ideas and goal setting in fall, 2015, and set goals for their continuing and enhanced engagement with their child's early-education program, and teaching staff were trained by Patrick Mitchell, "The Down To Earth Dad," on ways to get men optimally engaged in what's going on all school year long. The "Evening With Dads" was a BLAST for fathers, and the staff training was dubbed by many as "The Most Fun We've Ever Had at a Training!"

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes California Education Conference

The Down To Earth Dad provided the main keynote address at a major California conference in June, 2015 at which the actor Jerry Seinfeld and singer Ricky Martin were slated to speak. Patrick addressed a variety of topics relating to optimizing father engagement for children's healthy educational and cognitive development -- in the early years and beyond.

Down To Earth Dad Keynotes National Education Conference

Patrick Mitchell was the keynote speaker at the National Association for Family Child Care conference in Minnesota in July, 2015. His address entertained and assisted association members in leveraging/optimizing positive father, grandfather, and significant-male interaction in young children's lives for the sake of enhanced cognitive, social, and emotional development in the early years and beyond.

Georgia Educators Reserve Patrick Mitchell Events

The Down To Earth Dad trained Georgia early-childhood educators in Winter, 2015, to optimally engaged men in early education and double down on their mission to help children be ready for school -- and helping moms and dads be better parents -- to bring about more positive educational outcomes for children.

New Mexico Dads, Staff Celebrate Engaged Fatherhood

Patrick Mitchell provided a Down To Earth Dad "Evening With Dads" training for fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other men connected to preschool children in New Mexico in March, 2015, and trained educators on the topic of weaving male engagement into the Office of Head Start parent, family, and community engagement framework.

'Dad' Returns to Western Washignton for Encore Parent, Teacher Events

The Samish Indian Nation Head Start program in Washington State invited Patrick Mitchell to return to the Pacific Northwestern coast to provide a pair of entertaining and educational events -- a Down To Earth Dad staff training for program educators, and a school readiness parent-and-family-engagement and early-literacy enhancement Family Storytelling Night event in April 2015.

Maryland Program Books Encore Family Night Events

A Maryland early childhood program has invited Patrick Mitchell to return to Baltimore for a second set of Family Storytelling Night parent-and-family engagement school readiness trainings occurring less than a year after the first pair of events last spring. Both events -- one on the east side of Baltimore and one on the west -- will entertain and inform parents, grandparents, and care providers in Fall, 2015.

Washington Teachers Slate Patrick Mitchell Training

The Down To Earth Dad facilitated a parent-and-family engagement “Family Storytelling Night” School Readiness and Early-Literacy-Enhancement evening in Spring, 2015, and an Educator and Practitioner Training the following morning for Central Washington teachers and child-and-family advocates seeking to enhance the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children in the early years.

California School District Reserves Second Set of Patrick Mitchell Events

The Down To Earth Dad returned to a large California school district to provide School Readiness and Parent and Family Engagement Early-Literacy-Enhancement events for families in transition connected to a California school district in March, 2015, and a staff training on optimizing father/grandfather engagement as well.

Oregon Tribal Programs Book Patrick Mitchell Events

Patrick Mitchell conducted an all-staff training for an Oregon tribal Head Start program in November, 2014, with plenty of interaction and music, audio-visuals, and fun for all. The Kindergarten-Readiness and PFCE event for families the night before the training was an entertaining success with positive learning outcomes for children and their parents, the latter encouraged to celebrate maximum parent engagement in the coming school years.

Patrick Trains Michigan Tribe Early Childhood Educators, and Interacts with Parents and Children

The Down To Earth Dad and several families connected to a Michigan Tribal educators braved early-season snow to enjoy an evening together enhancing early literacy during Patrick's "Family Storytelling Night" PFCE School Readiness evening, and a great time was had by staff the next morning when he led a training for Head Start and EHS educators on ways to optimize father/grandfather engagement in the early years and beyond.

DTED Trains Staff Facilitates FUN Family Night for Idaho Program

The Down To Earth Dad trained over a hundred Head Start/EHS teachers in October, 2014, to engage men more fully in their child's educational experiences in the early years, and to optimize cognitive, social, and emotional development. Families had a raucous good time -- and enjoyed lots of good pizza! -- during the Parent and Family Engagement and School Readiness night that Patrick hosted for them the night before the staff training.

Montana Head Start Teachers and Families Get Dual Events

Patrick Mitchell provided an entertaining staff training for Montana Head Start and EHS educators in September, 2015, and a FUN and interactive event for families the night before the training. Staff set parent-engagement goals for the school year, and families reported having a fun time.

Pennsylvania Preschool Educators get DTED Training

In June, 2015, Patrick Mitchell shared time-tested strategies -- and a whole bunch of new ones -- for getting (and keeping) men optimally engaged preparing children for the school years, enhancing early literacy, and learning what it's like to "talk the talk and walk the walk" of engaged fatherhood. Additionally, The Down To Earth Dad facilitated a goal-setting session for educators to zero in on strategies to empower dads and male care providers to not only help prepare their child for the school years, but to prepare themselves to be involved in the school years too, to optimize their child's educational experience.

Patrick Keynotes Midwestern Region Head Start Conference

The Down To Earth Dad provided the keynote address at a regional Head Start conference in Summer, 2014, helping Head Start program teachers, administrators, and support staff zero in on getting dads and grandpas optimally engaged for the sake of children's enhanced education in the early years. Patrick also provided a breakout session at the conference for program directors wishing to get specific about zeroing in on their *own* families and cluster of men.

Los Angeles County School District Books Mitchell Events

Patrick Mitchell provided parent engagement and school readiness events, and a staff training, to preschool educators in the fifth largest school district in the state of California in May, 2018, and has been invited back for an encore event. More fun is in store for families participating in a special evening event, and for teachers the next morning!

Down To Earth Dad Trains Maryland Early Childhood Educators

Patrick Mitchell, "The Down To Earth Dad," provided a pair of evening events for a Baltimore early childhood program, facilitating his "Family Storytelling Night" parent and family engagement and school readiness early-literacy-enhancement evening in May, 2014, for numerous families and sharing strategies with teachers on ways to get dads, grandpas, and other good men more involved.

California School District Host Down To Earth Dad for Second Time

Patrick Mitchell returned to California to provide his famous "Family Storytelling Night" event for parents and children connected to schools in a large California school district in March, 2015. He'll also trained early-childhood educators on how to recruit and leverage the active participation of good men to boost student performance in the early years.

School Readiness PFCE Event Hosted, Patrick Mitchell Featured

Patrick Mitchell provided a parent-and-family-engagement and school readiness and early-literacy-enhancement "Family Storytelling Night" event for Hemet, California early childhood educators Spring, 2015. He also conducted a Down To Earth Dad Staff Training on father/grandfather/uncle involvement the following morning.

Tribal Head Start Program Hosts Parent-Engagement Events

Early childhood educators in Washington State hosted Patrick Mitchell, The Down To Earth Dad, who provided a school readiness and parent-and-family-engagement evening in November, 2013, incorporating early literacy enhancement and father/grandfather/uncle involvement. Additionally, Patrick provided a staff training the next morning.

Samish Tribe Reserves Down To Earth Dad Night Parent Night, Staff Day

Samish Indian Nation early childhood educators and parents received a Patrick Mitchell staff training and school readiness and parent-engagement night in November, 2013. A great time was be had by all -- at both events!

Indiana Preschool Teachers Get School Readiness Training

Patrick Mitchell provided a staff training on school readiness and parent, family, and community engagement for Indiana educators in August, 2013. The Down To Earth Dad provided in-kind gifts and resources to help teachers get parents optimally involved during the school year.

New Mexico Teachers get Parent -And-Family-Engagement Training on School Rediness and Paternal Parent (and Grandparent!) Involvement

The Down To Earth Dad will provided New Mexico educators a Parent-And-Family-Engagement evening in Fall, 2013 featuring early literacy enhancement, community engagement, early literacy enhancement, and school readiness information. Then, the following morning, Patrick provided a father/grandfather involvement training for staff.

Gros Ventres and Assiniboine Programs Host Patrick Mitchell Events

Patrick Mitchell was welcomed for the fourth time by the Fort Belknap Early Childhood Program to conduct an evening community event -- Family Storytelling Night -- and a morning staff training in January, 2016. The Down To Earth Dad shared strategies for getting dads, grandpas, and uncles more involved in children's early lives celebrating family history, heritage, and culture and giving parents tools to whittle away the approximately 1,000 hours of early-literacy enhancement that children need *prior to kindergarten* in order to become great readers during the school years.

Washington Education Program Hosts Patrick Mitchell Training

The Down To Earth Dad trained Washington State preschool educators on the most effective ways to get men optimally involved -- at school and home -- for the sake of children's enhanced development in the early years. In addition, Patrick Mitchell facilitated a "Family Storytelling Night" parent-involvement and early-literacy-enhancement event for all families connected to the program. A great time will be had by all!

'Dad' Keynotes State Licensed Professional Counselors Conference

Patrick Mitchell provided the opening Keynote Address at the West Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association Conference in Charleston in May, 2013. He also trained masters-level counselors and psychologists on father involvement counseling techniques and spoke to the social and cultural implications of "significant male" absence in children's lives and shared specific strategies on getting men optimally involved -- at school and home.

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes State of Alaska Education Conference

The Down To Earth Dad keynoted the Opening General Session of the Alaska Head Start Association's 2013 Leadership Conference in January, 2013. Patrick spoke to the reality that children's cognitive, social, and emotional development is greatly enhanced when dads, grandpas, and other good men are optimally involved -- at school and home. He provided unique strategies for educators, child-and-family advocates and policymakers to bolster collaborative relationships between schools and families, and each other, at the local, state and federal levels in furtherance of male involvement in early-education goals.

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes Washington Head Start , EHS Conference

The Down To Earth Dad provided the Opening Keynote Address at the Washington State Association of Head Start/ECEAP in Spokane, Washington in October, 2012. Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant Head Start, Native American Head Start and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) educators from throughout the State of Washington were in attendance.

Minnesota Program Hosts Patrick Mitchell Events

The Down To Earth Dad visited Grand Rapids, Minnesota in October, 2012 to provide two upbeat trainings for staff on the topic of father, grandfather, and uncle involvement so that early childhood educators could more confidently and effectively "beef up" male involvement during home visits, in the Infant-Toddler program, and in the classroom. Additionally, staff planned upcoming events that would be more father-friendly and productive for the enhancement of children's cognitive, social, and emotional development during the school year.

Indiana Educators Slate Down To Earth Dad Events

Patrick Mitchell provided "Family Storytelling Night" for parents, focusing on parent engagement via early literacy enhancement, and in addition provided a staff training following morning for Community Action of Southern Indiana Head Start educators and support staff. Both events entertained and informed on the topics of parent involvement generally, and male involvement specifically.

Confederated Tribes Host Down To Earth Dad Training

Patrick Mitchell provided a staff training to The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington State Head Start team, tribal leaders, and others on August 27, 2012. The training taught specific methods of getting men more involved in the early lives of children for the sake of their cognitive, social, and emotional development. And a good time was had by all!

Quinalt Tribe Head Start Hosts Patrick Mitchell Training

The Down To Earth Dad provided a staff training to Quinalt Tribe Head Start educators in beautiful Tahola, Washington on the Pacific coast on August 30, 2012. The entertaining training, titled, "How To Get Men to do Absolutely ANYTHING -- at Head Start and Home!" was an opportunity for staff to re-invest in male involvement outreach by applying strategies and techniques learned in the training, and by tapping their own visions for male involvement in the program with the goal of leveraging those visions to more fully engage fathers, grandfathers, and uncles all school year long.

Crow Tribe Head Start Gets Father-Involvement Training

Crow Head Start and EHS Staff received an interactive Down To Earth Dad training in April, 2012, on maximizing male participation in children's early lives, and parents learned additional ways to enhance early literacy at a special "Family Storytelling Night" event facilitated by Patrick Mitchell. A great time was had by all!

Illinois Head Start Educators Get Down To Earth Dad Training

The Down To Earth Dad was invited back to Illinois to provide a program-wide Head Start and Early Head Start staff training, and a "Family Storytelling Night" parent-engagement and early-literacy-enhancement evening in October, 2012. A great time was had by all at these back-to-back Thursday-Friday events -- Family Storytelling Night on Thursday and staff training Friday. This was the third time Patrick was invited to provide the very same program with father-involvement and early-literacy-enhancement events.

Wisconsin Men Get Patrick Mitchell Evening Event

Dads and grandpas connected to an Early Head Start program in Kenosha, Wisconsin, participated in "An Evening With Dads" on Thursday, February 24. The event, facilitated by Patrick Mitchell, lasted two-hours and reminded the men how valuable they are to children's early development, and empowered the men to set goals for enhanced involvement -- at Early Head Start and home. The men were encouraged to discover their full "collective" potential -- as a team of men connected to their child's early childhood program -- and to positively impact educational outcomes and social development for their own child, and for other children in the program. The men set goals and made concrete plans (which they shared with program staff), and are planning fun events for the remainder of the school year. The Down To Earth Dad also provided a staff training the next morning for EHS educators and other professionals on the topic, "Father and Grandfather Involvement and Literacy Enhancement."

Kiowa Tribe Head Start Celebrates Parents & Families

Patrick Mitchell visited Carnegie, Oklahoma in March, 2012 as the special guest of the Kiowa Tribe Head Start Program to provide a Staff Training to Head Start staff, and to also facilitate a Parent Celebration evening by sharing elements of his Down To Earth Dad "Family Storytelling Night" and parent-involvement and early literacy enhancement (and father/grandfather involvement) interactive presentations. The evening with families was be festive, with plenty of good food and FUN for all!

Oklahoma Men Get Motivational Goal-Setting Evening

Patrick Mitchell interacted with dads and grandpas at a lively special "Evening With Dads" night in Oklahoma in October, 2011. The evening focused on helping men set realistic goals for the school year. This was viewed as a highly successful event, and a good time was had by all! Additionally, program staff received a an upbeat father/grandfather involvment training the day before the evening parents' event.

Kansas Teaches Reserve Down To Earth Dad Training

The Child Start Zero-To-Five Program in Wichita, Kansas received a Patrick Mitchell Down To Earth Dad Staff Training on Thursday, October 13, 2011. This entertaining event was geared to engaging staff members with plenty of energy and fun, and asked educators to reach out more effectively to fathers (and grandfathers) with the message that they are vital to children's early educational development. Also, participants practiced newly-learned male engagement strategies gleaned from the training. The night before the training, families participaed in a colorful "Family Storytelling Night" event facilitated by Patrick. There were lots of opportunities for photos that the program continues to display!

Idaho Educators Get Male-Involvement Training

North Idaho College Head Start and Early Head Start Educators hosted a Down To Earth Dad Staff Training Wednesday, September 7, 2011 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The training focused on ways to get fathers and grandfathers more involved for the sake of children's enhanced early literacy and in pursuit of a variety of other positive male-involvement-oriented outcomes for children.

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes Texas Education Conference

The Down To Earth Dad provided the Opening General Session Keynote Address to over 1,000 teachers and administrators at the South By Southwest Early Head Start and Head Start Conference at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, in July. Patrick Mitchell's motivational message celebrated father and grandfather involvement where it is present, and taught strategies to beef up significant male involvement where it is lacking --for the sake of children's enhanced cognitive, social, and emotional development in the early years.

Tulalip Tribe Early Childhood Program Hosts Patrick Mitchell Events

The Down To Earth Dad conducted an interactive "Family Storytelling Night" event in Marysville, Washington, to Early Head Start Program parents and families, and a special "Evening With Dads" event celebrating father and grandfather involvement, the next day. Both evenings were highly participatory in nature, and entertaining for all, emphasizing the value of enhancing early literacy as well as enriching children's lives via increased significant male involvement.

Down To Earth Dad Keynotes Florida Education Conference

Patrick Mitchell addressed over 1,000 Florida early education and care providers, leaders, and practitioners at the Opening General Session of the One Goal Summer Conference in Tampa, Florida in Summer. The Down To Earth Dad provided an inspirational, entertaining, and informational presentation at the annual event designed to share information on best practices in the field, and to build common frameworks of knowledge and understanding to assist in unified planning for young children and their families throughout the State of Florida.

Alabama Dads, Grandpas get "An Evening With Dads"

Huntsville fathers and grandfathers connected to Head Start children participated in a special event known as "An Evening With Dads" in April, 2011, facilitated by The Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell, who coached the men to celebrate male involvement in children's lives and to enhance that involvement for all children in the program. Additionally, Patrick provided father-involvement Staff Training for Head Start educators the following morning.

Michigan Teachers Prepare for Down To Earth Dad Training

Flint, Michigan Head Start and Early Head Start educators hosted a Family Storytelling Night® parent-involvement and literacy-enhancement event facilitated by Patrick Mitchell in April, 2011, and a staff training the following morning to enhance educators' capacity to involve good men in children's lives for the sake of their school success, while helping parents celebrate literacy enhancement of their children.

California Teachers Set Goals for Father/Grandfather Involvement

Patrick Mitchell provided a lively staff training day for Union, California early childhood educators seeking new ways to connect good men more meaningfully to their students for the sake of the children's enhanced early literacy development as well as cognitive, social, and emotional growth. Additionally, a Family Storytelling Night featuring Patrick Mitchell as facilitator taught parents a unique storytelling method to assist in the whittling away of the approximately 1,000 hours of early literacy enhancement that children need prior to kindergarten in order to read and succeed in school. A good time (and good food!) was had by all.

Kansas Professionals and Parents Hold Down To Earth Dad Events

Early childhood educators in Hays, Kansas, hosted back-to-back Down To Earth Dad events in January, 2011 -- one for educators and one for families. Patrick Mitchell facilitated a Family Storytelling Night for several dozen families, and a staff training for early childhood educators during the day. Both events created deeper understanding of the reasons to involve dads and grandpas more meaningfully in young children's lives, and both events shared tools to do that, in an entertaining way, thereby increasing/enhancing father and grandfather involvement at the program's Head Start and Early Head centers, and in homes.

Illinois Teachers and Parents Get Parent-Involvement Events

Patrick Mitchell's Down To Earth Dad® training for Early Childhood professionals was well received by Waukegan, Illinois Head Start and Early Head Start staff in October, 2011. Participants learned strategies to more meaningfully involve dads, grandpas, and other "significant males" in the early years. A Family Storytelling Night event for parents and children was a big hit, leveraging the literacy-enhancement capacity of storytelling to enrich the educational experience of children ages 0 -5 -- at home and at preschool.

Makah Tribe Educators Slate Staff Training and Family Events

A Down To Earth Dad training for Head Start and Early Head Start staff was held in October for Makah Tribe educators in Neah Bay, Washington. Preceding the staff training -- on Thursday evening -- a Family Storytelling Night parent-involvement and literacy-enhancement event took place for families in the community connected to children in the Makah early childhood programs. A good time was had by all!

New Mexico Fathers Get "Evening For Dads" Event

A unique Down To Earth Dad® event called "An Evening With Dads" was held at the Pueblo of Isleta Early Childhood program in October, 2010, and motivated the 15 men in attendance to become more meaningfully involved with their children/grandchildren at home and school, and to actually plan events at the program for the school year. The men will plan three big father-and-grandfather-oriented events for the 2010-2011 school year.

Kansas Educators Get Dad-Involvement and Early Literacy Training

Early childhood professionals in Horton, Kansas, received a training for Staff, as well as a Family Storytelling Night parent-involvement and early literacy enhancement training by The Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell in September, 2010. Both events shined the spotlight on significant male involvement and early literacy enhancement via increased such involvement. A good time was had by all!

Head Start Program Hosts Father-Involvement Training

Cincinnati preschool teachers and support staff received a Down To Earth Dad training training facilitated by Patrick Mitchell in August, 2010 focusing on ways to increase father involvement while enhancing early literacy and cognitive, social, and emotional development in the early years -- via increased father involvement -- and including the entertaining and informational hallmarks of Down To Earth Dad® trainings that have many directors, training coordinators, and staff proclaiming they're the "most fun" and productive trainings they've ever experienced.

New York Educators Get Down To Earth Dad Training

Syracuse, New York early childhood teachers and support received a father-involvement training from The Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell in August, 2010, including strategies to reach out and get more good men more involved in young children's early development for the sake of brining about short-term and long-term positive educational outcomes. The training informed and entertained staff heading into the new school year, and including the setting of father-involvement goals which will be implemented across 2010-2011

Washington Teachers Receive Patrick Mitchell Training

Patrick Mitchell provided a Down To Earth Dad Father Involvement and Literacy-Enhancement presentation to Lummi Tribe Head Start staff in Bellingham, Washington in September, 2010, and a Family Storytelling Night evening event celebrating early literacy enhancement and family history, heritage, and culture.

Nebraska Head Start Books Patrick Mitchell Events For Parents / Staff

The Down To Earth Dad trained and entertained parents on early literacy enhancement at a Family Storytelling Night® Parent-Involvement evening for Chadron, Nebraska parents of preschool children in October, 2010. Families took part in a unique brand of storytelling that enriches child's early literacy -- at school and home. Additionally, Patrick Mitchell provided a Down To Earth Dad® Staff Training the following day.

Washington Head Start Staff Get Down To Earth Dad Day

Patrick Mitchell assisted Head Start and Early Head Start educators in Oakville, Washington in reaching out out to dads, grandpas, and other good men with the message that they are needed for the literacy enhancement of children, and to bolster their development in a variety of areas prior to kindergarten. The training took place in September, 2010 for child-and-family-serving professionals in the Chehalis Tribe, a vital community with a proud history and rich cultural traditions that have endured for centuries.

National Conference Hosts Patrick Mitchell in Anaheim

Patrick Mitchell taught Even Start professionals from four Tribal Even Start programs in Michigan, California, and Arizona how to get fathers and grandfathers more involved in early literacy enhancement, and in other ways, to enrich young children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development. Even Start is an education program for the Nation's economically challenged families that is designed to improve the academic achievement of young children and their parents, especially in the areas of reading and language.

Tacoma School District Invites "Dad" Back for Encore Event

The Down To Earth Dad trained Tacoma School District teachers on ways to get more fathers and grandfathers involved in early literacy enhancement, and in other ways; in particular, in the literacy enhancement of ELL/ESL children and families.

Kentucky Educators Get Down To Earth Dad 'Pre-Service' Training<

Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell trained Lexington, Kentucky Head Start educators on father-involvement strategies in August, 2010, including ways to enhance early literacy by leveraging the positive influence of good men, with special emphasis on implementation of productive father/significant male involvement goals for the coming school year.

Oregon College Reserves Patrick Mitchell Training

Early childhood educators and child-and-family advocates attended Down To Earth Dad training at Eastern Oregon State College in August, 2010, where Patrick Mitchell shared proven strategies to reach out to fathers, grandfathers, and other good men with tools to enhance early literacy and bring about optimal positive outcomes for children. Additionally, facilitated a Family Storytelling Night® parent involvement and literacy enhancement event for parents.

Nooksack Tribe Educators and Parents Slated for 'Dad' Events

The Down To Earth Dad provided a Father Involvement and Literacy-Enhancement evening event -- Family Storytelling Night® -- to Nooksack Tribe Head Start parents, and to families connected to community-partner organizations in Everson and Deming, Washington in June, 2010, along with a Father Involvement Staff Training the following day.

Utah Educators and Parents Receive Down To Earth Dad Training

Orem, Utah preschool teachers, dads, and moms received Family Storytelling Night® and Down To Earth Dad® Staff Trainings in March, 2010 to facilitate greater involvement of fathers, grandpas, uncles, and other good men in children's lives, and to enhance early literacy for the sake of children's cognitive, social, and emotional development in the early years.

California Early Head Start Hosts Patrick Mitchell Staff Training

Approximately 70 Fresno County Early Head Start teachers and support staff will participate in a Down To Earth Dad staff training March 19, 2010, exploring individual and collective attitudes and opinions about men generally, about fathers specifically, and reflecting upon the many ways fathers (and grandfathers) contribute to the cognitive, social, and emotional well being of children ages zero-to-three. Special emphasis will be placed on ways to get men more involved in Early Head Start, and how to enhance early literacy in the process. Father-involvement goals will be set for the coming school year.

Louisiana Educators Get Patrick Mitchell Staff Training

Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School hosted a Family Storytelling Night parent-involvement and literacy-enhancement event facilitated by Patrick Mitchell on January 14, 2010, who also provide a Down To Earth Dad teacher training the following day. Both events entertained and informed staff, and enriched the educators' capacity to involve good men in children's lives for the sake of their school success, while helping parents celebrate literacy enhancement of their children.

Kansas Families Get Family Storytelling Nigh®Literacy Event

Early childhood educators in Mayetta, Kansas will participate in a fun-filled all-family event facilitated by Patrick Mitchell in January, 2010. The event, known as Family Storytelling Night®, will feature great food, good entertainment, and lots of laughter as dads and moms add a fun, new activity to their early-literacy-enhancement repertoire at home. The following morning, early childhood Educators will receive an entertaining and insightful Down To Earth Dad® father-involvement Staff Training.

Wisconsin Teachers and Families Host Down To Earth Dad

Patrick Mitchell provided a Family Storytelling Nigh® and Down To Earth Dad® Staff Training in December, 2009 in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin. An especially energetic group of preschool educators and practitioners participated

Eastern Washington Head Start To Host DTED Presentations

Family Services of Grant County invited The Down To Earth Dad® to provide a specialty training to build upon the father-involvement foundation that already exists at the program, and to enhance early literacy among children connected to the program. A Down To Earth Dad® Staff Training and Family Storytelling Night® were held in October, 2009.

Illinois Educators and Families Slated for Parent-Involvement Events

An Illinois Community Action Agency Head Start program arranged for educators and community partners to participate in a daytime Down To Earth Dad staff training, and for families to attend a fun-filled Family Storytelling Night® featuring parent involvement and literacy-enhancement activities the very same day in November, 2009.

California Family Services Program Gets Parent-Involvement Events

Sonora, California child-and-family professionals received Down To Earth Dad® staff trainings in October, 2009 at in-service events in two counties, with Patrick Mitchell facilitating. Additionally, families from two preschool programs participated in informative, entertaining Family Storytelling Night® parent-involvement and literacy-enhancement events.

Tacoma School District Hosts Family Storytelling Night®

The Tacoma School District reserved a Family Storytelling Night® event for families speaking multiple languages in July, 2009, to introduce the widely acclaimed benefits and value of literacy enhancement and parent involvement via the Family Storytelling Night® method. A great time was had by all (and the food was positively delicious -- Cha gio, fried noodles, Mexican food, and more!)

Louisiana Preschool Books Down To Earth Dad® Events

A Louisiana School District invited The Down To Earth Dad® Founder Patrick Mitchell to provide Staff Training and evening Family Storytelling Night® events in August, 2009 for teachers, and for parents and children. Parent involvement and literacy enhancement were the primary topics.

Oklahoma Preschool Schools Back-To-Back Patrick Mitchell Events

Tahlequah, Oklahoma early childhood educators and families had fun with Patrick Mitchell when he visited in July, 2009, to conduct a Family Storytelling Night® and Down To Earth Dad® Staff Training. The back-to-back Parent Involvement and Literacy Enhancement events provided children, their parents, and educators with a chance to celebrate early literacy and afforded program professionals the opportunity to learn ways to reach out to fathers and grandfathers more effectively.

Chippewa-Cree Families and Educators Get Down To Earth Dad®Events

North-central Montana Chippewa-Cree families experienced a Family Storytelling Night® literacy-enhancement and parent-involvement event in March, 2009, and while Patrick Mitchell was visiting the home of 2,500 members of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe near the Canadian border and in the shadow of the Bear's Paw mountains, he also provide a father-involvement "Staff Training" for early childhood program professionals.

Chippewa-Cree Families and Educators Get Down To Earth Dad® Events

North-central Montana Chippewa-Cree families experienced a Family Storytelling Night® literacy-enhancement and parent-involvement event in March, 2009, and while Patrick Mitchell was visiting the home of 2,500 members of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe near the Canadian border and in the shadow of the Bear's Paw mountains, he also provide a father-involvement "Staff Training" for early childhood program professionals.

Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation Reserve Down To Earth Dad

Parents and children from three Yakama Nation schools in south-central Washington State celebrated family storytelling as a method of early literacy enhancement, history, heritage, culture, and Native language preservation at a Family Storytelling Night event in April, 2009 in Toppenish, Washington. Early childhood educators also received a capacity-building Down To Earth Dad staff training.

Colorado Teachers and Families Look Forward to Down To Earth Dad® Family Literacy and Parent Involvement Events

Early childhood educators in Brush, Colorado, participated in a Down To Earth Dad® parent-involvement event in April, 2009, celebrated a night of family literacy at a Family Storytelling Night® facilitated by Patrick Mitchell.

Detroit Public Schools Sponsors Family Storytelling Night® for Elementary School Students and Families

Three-hundred elementary school students and their families in Detroit participated in a Down To Earth Dad® Family Storytelling Night® in March, 2009, enhancing the school-family connection and iving up to the school's vision of holding students, parents, and staff to high expectations by encouraging participation in school events.

Louisiana Elementary School Hosts Family Storytelling Night

Over two-hundred St. Bernadette Elementary School students and their parents laughed together and celebrated the Great Oral Tradition at Family Storytelling Night® facilitated by Patrick Mitchell in Houma, Louisiana in February, 2009.

Ohio Preschool Gets "Dad" Training and Family Night

Approximately 100 families participated in a live Family Storytelling Night® event facilitated by Patrick Mitchell at Pickaway Head Start in Circleville, Ohio in November, 2008, and 40 preschool staff took part in an interactive (and participants declared it "entertaining") Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement training the following day. A good time was had by all -- at both events.

North Carolina Schools Host Family Storytelling Night

Approximately 140 families participated in a fun-filled evening of parent involvement and literacy enhancement at Taylorsville Elementary School in North Carolina in April, 2008. The Family Storytelling Night was facilitated by Patrick Mitchell in person.

Illinois Program Invites 'Dad' Back For Additional Presentations

Patrick Mitchell of The Down To Earth Dad conducted encore trainings for program staff, parents, and the community partners connected to an Illinois-based child-and-family-serving early childhood education program. Two events -- one for staff and one for parents -- occurred in mid-October, 2007, in Galesburg, Illinois.

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes National Child Welfare Conference

Down To Earth Dad® Founder Patrick Mitchell was the keynote speaker at the Tuesday Morning PlenarySession of the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Region Training Conference of the Child Welfare League of America held at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel in Maryland in September, 2007. Mr. Mitchell's keynote address, titled, "Crisis in Child Welfare: “Strengthening the Family: The Importance of Fathers," sought to raise expectations for enhanced father involvement in the lives of American children, and to assist over 500 of the nation's most dedicated child-and-family-serving professionals and policy makers present at the conference in moving practice, policy, and social issues forward with respect to father involvement in children's lives.

Saipan Childhood Program Books Patrick Mitchell Trainings

Patrick Mitchell spoke on the Island of Saipan in January, 2007, addressing educators, parents, and practitioners on the vital role of father and grandfather involvement in children's early lives. A land of bright turquoise skies, crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, flaming sunsets and warm tropical breezes, Saipan is located in the Northern Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific. Approximately 80 parents and children representing ten distinct native languages and cultures throughout Micronesia and Asia, participated in a Down To Earth Dad family-oriented Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement event, including Saipanese, Chamorro, Carolinian Island, Palauan, Trukian, Chinese, Koren, Phillipino, Japanese, Nepalese, and Yapese parents and children.

New York Preschool Program Books Down To Earth Dad Events

Families and extended family members participated in a Down To Earth Dad® Family Storytelling Night® in February, 2007, featuring father involvement and early literacy enhancement as the main theme in a participatory fun-filled event highlighting the value of storytelling as an early literacy enhancement tool. Also addressed in a lighthearted but informative manner were the numerous positive benefits of involved fatherhood generally, and the reasons dads matter so much in the early education of preschool children, specifically. On the following day, Patrick Mitchell of The Down To Earth Dad conducted a daytime father involvement training for educators and practitioners connected to CAPCO Head Start in Cortland, New York.

Down To Earth Dad Addresses Arizona Policymakers, Practitioners

Patrick Mitchell provided the keynote address on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at the Arizona National Fatherhood and Families Conference in Phoenix, Arizona where more than 1,000 practitioners, educators, parents, and policy makers, including attendees from as far away as Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, and Pohnpei, Micronesia. Mr. Mitchell rolled out a special new coaching program for fathers and programs, and he provided an afternoon workshop for attendees in addition to the keynote address.

Island of Rota Practitioners, Parents Get Down To Earth Dad Training

Patrick Mitchell traveled to the Northern Mariana Island of Rota in the South Pacific in January, 2007, to provide early childhood education professionals and parents with an interactive early literacy and male involvement training focusing on the vital role of significant males in children's lives generally, and the role of good men in early education, specifically. Rota is approximately 10.5 miles long and 3 miles wide with a 38 mile coastline encompassing an area of 33 square miles.

Saratoga Springs School in Up State New York Hosts 'Dad'

A New York State preschool program hosted Patrick Mitchell's popular Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement Down To Earth Dad® Family Storytelling Night® for parents and grandparents of children attending Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council Head Start. The informative and entertaining evening occurred in mid March, 2007. The teachers who interact with the children and parents at the school participated in a staff training event the following morning facilitated by, and featuring, Patrick Mitchell, who zeroed in on the reality that dads matter in children's lives in general, that fathers who participate in their child's education by supporting their child at school give their kids a leg up in the education process, and that by showing up at school and being visibly involved at during the school years, dads help their children achieve optimum academic results.

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes National MiAEYC Conference

Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell provided the keynote address, an additional large-group presentation, and a workshop at the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) annual conference in East Lansing, Michigan in March, 2007. The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children is committed to improving the education and welfare of children from birth through age eight. More than 3,800 early childhood educators, professionals and suppliers of children's services belong to MiAEYC in 17 affiliate chapters and three local chapters.

Prevent Child Abuse America Chapter Hosts Patrick Mitchell

Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, a chapter organization of Prevent Child Abuse America, asked Patrick Mitchell of The Down To Earth Dad to address attendees at the group's 29th Annual Statewide Conference to be held in downtown Indiana on May 7, 2007. Mr. Mitchell provided two presentations on the topic of father involvement in children's lives, emphasizing the positive effects of father presence in support of the prevention of child abuse, and the reality that father absence may bring about a climate that is relatively conducive to child abuse.

California Human Services Agency Gets 'Dad' For Father's Day

Patrick Mitchell contributed to the Merced County, California Father's Day Conference on Saturday, June 9, 2007 by providing interactive workshops, by speaking to small and large groups of parents, and by way of various other dad and family involvement activities to celebrate involved fatherhood with the Merced Human Services Agency.

Tropical Island of Tinian Hosts Down To Earth Dad Event

Parents and early childhood educators on the Island of Tinian, one of 14 volcanic islands in a chain of Islands known as The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific Ocean, took part in a Down To Earth Dad® training conducted by Patrick Mitchell in January, 2007, focusing on establishing and managing an effective father involvement and literacy enhancement program for children ages zero to five. The Island of Tinian is approximately 11 miles long by 5 miles at its widest point and has a total area of 39.2 square miles and a coastline 38 miles in length. The Mariana Archipelago, which this island is part of, is the eastern boundary of the Philippine Sea.

Fresno Early Head Start Staff Get Patrick Mitchell Training

Approximately 35 Fresno County Early Head Start teachers and support staff participated in a Down To Earth Dad staff training September 14, 2006, exploring individual and collective attitudes and opinions about men generally, about fathers specifically, and reflecting upon the many ways fathers (and grandfathers) contribute to the cognitive, social, and emotional well being of children ages zero-to-three. Special emphasis was placed on ways to get more men into the Early Head Start center, and how to beef up father involvement and literacy enhancement simultaneously.

Pueblo of Isleta Program Dads Group Greets Down To Earth Dad

Fathers connected to Pueblo of Isleta Head Start and Child Care Programs in New Mexico met with Patrick Mitchell for a special dad-and-grandfather-oriented family night event focusing on Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement by leveraging the oral language tradition. Patrick Mitchell coached dads on a storytelling routine designed by Mr. Mitchell to enhance the bond fathers share with their children. The interactive workshop also included the interviewing of Pueblo of Isleta men who are participating in a Mr. Mitchell's pet project, the Dads Matter! Project for child-and-family-serving programs nationwide.

National Indian Head Start Directors Association Invites Patrick Mitchell to Speak at Conference in Washington, DC

The Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell provided father involvement training for Native American Head Start Directors at the National Indian Head Start Directors Association Conference in Washington, D.C. June 20-23, 2006. Patrick Mitchell showed directors how to manage an effective male involvement program that leverages the tremendous knowledge-base of Native American fathers and grandfathers. Techniques that enhance early literacy via the oral tradition, teach Tribal history, heritage, culture, and language -- via father involvement -- were presented in an entertaining, interactive format. The workshop revealed solid male recruitment and involvement strategies that Indian Head Start Program Directors can implement for fall, 2006.

Virginia Teachers, Families Get Down To Earth Dad Night Day

Petersburg Public Schools Head Start families, staff, and community partners invited Patrick Mitchell to provide his interactive "Family Night" presentation, titled, Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement, and his informative and entertaining "Staff Day" for program professionals and child-and-family advocates in August, 2006. Both events zeroed in on the tremendous positive impact of involved fatherhood, grandfather-hood, and the value of other good men who take an active role in the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children, especially in the early years while children are enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start.

Choctaw Nation Program Features Down To Earth Dad Workshop

Patrick Mitchell provided an all-day father involvement training to Head Start and Early Head Start teachers from 13 learning centers in Southeastern Oklahoma on Wednesday, July 26, 2006. The training, held at the Kiamichi Technical Center in Durant, Oklahoma, showcased father involvement concepts, principles, and implementation strategies for the approximately teachers present.

Texas Elementary School Hosts Patrick Mitchell Trainings

Colonial Heights Elementary School in Brownfield, Texas, will host a special Down To Earth Dad event featuring Patrick Mitchell for two interactive events in August. Patrick will conduct his popular Family Night event for elementary school parents, family, and extended family members in the evening, and he will provide an entertaining fact-filled training for Pre-K teaching staff, and elementary school teachers, the following day. Down To Earth Dad® Founder Patrick Mitchell will provide interactive elements of his popular Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement presentation for parents, and will share strategies for teachers to boost student performance and enjoyment of school via father involvement at school.

Arizona Tribal Governments Reserve Down To Earth Dad Day

Patrick Mitchell will provide two three-hour interactive training sessions for approximately 160 Western Arizona Council of Governments Head Start staff and community partners in August, 2006. The council's mission is to stimulate, promote, and develop human, natural, social, and economic resources to their fullest potential in La Paz, Mohave and Yuma Counties. Mr. Mitchell's training will focus primarily on the many ways fathers and grandfathers enhance the early development of children, and secondarily how father involvement in the early years enhances children's social, emotional, and educational growth in grade school, middle school, and high school

Cheyenne River Sioux Invite Patrick Mitchell to South Dakota

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Head Start Program in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, invited Patrick Mitchell to conduct a Family Storytelling Night® presentation for fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, and siblings connected to children enrolled in the Head Start program in April, 2006. The event for families emphasized the important role of fathers and grandfathers in children's lives, especially with respect to early literacy enhancement via the Oral Language Tradition and other means, and the importance of significant male involvement in children's early lives. Additionally, Mr. Mitchell provided an interactive Staff Day training event for program staff and community partners.

Illinois Head Start Families Get Patrick Mitchell Presentations

Patrick Mitchell will provide a Family Night -- called a "Fun Night" by his host, West Central Community Services Head Start in Monmouth, Illinois -- for 200 families on Thursday, March 30, 2006. This event will be for dads, moms, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings connected to Head Start children. Then, the following day, Patrick will conduct humorous and informative staff training for Head Start professionals and community partners. A variety of topics will be presented, and special emphasis will be placed on the topic, "Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement." Participants in both the Family Night and Staff Day events will experience an especially entertaining "storytelling" activity facilitated by Mr. Mitchell.

Montana Tribal Program Reserves Down To Earth Dad Training

Fort Belknap Head Start staff and parents attended Patrick Mitchell's Staff Day and Family Night events February 22 and 23, 2006 in Harlem, Montana located on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in North Central Montana near the Canadian border. The area is home to two tribes, the Gros Ventres, or A'aninin, and the Nakoda People, or Assiniboine. The Staff Day event provided Head Start and child care program staff with tools to reach out to men in the program and in the community and get them more involved, and the family Night emphasized the vital role men play in children's lives, the importance of early literacy enhancement, and how to combine father involvement and literacy enhancement for the early educational benefit of children. Both events were humorous, interactive, and provided useful information and the tools to implement father recruitment and involvement strategies.

New York Head Start Professionals, Parents Get Dad Training

Lewis County Head Start in Upstate New York invited Patrick Mitchell to provide a Family Day event for parents and grandparents, and a Staff Day event for Head Start staff and community partners. Both events emphasized the important role of fathers and grandfathers in children's lives and focused on parental involvement with respect to early literacy enhancement. A host of father involvement topics were explored in an entertaining and informative manner at the events which occurred in Lowville, New York, January 26 and 27, 2006. The Village of Lowville lies in the Black River Valley between the foothills of the Adirondacks and the Tug Hill Plateau.

Kansas Head Start Program Reserves Down To Earth Dad Events

Patrick Mitchell provided interactive father involvement trainings for staff and families connected to Hartland Programs Head Start in Salina, Kansas in February, 2006. Parents and extended family members were empowered to reach out to the children they care for with confidence that father and grandfather involvement is vital, obtainable, and essential especially during the early years. Mr. Mitchell shared father involvement strategies with Head Start professionals from throughout the State of Kansas, with a special emphasis on helping Head Start programs enhance early literacy and father involvement simultaneously. Participants learned how to reach out more effectively to the men connected to Head Start children in order to get them more involved in the program, and at home.

Colorado Programs Book Patrick Mitchell for Special Events

Head Start and Early Head Start programs in and near Brush, Colorado, invited Patrick Mitchell to provide Family Nights and Staff Days for families, teachers, and community partners on the topic of father involvement generally, and father involvement and literacy enhancement, specifically. Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who attended the family events celebrated involved fatherhood and grand-fatherhood, and learned a storytelling method to enhance the early literacy of the children they care for. Program professionals and community practitioners learned to reach out more effectively to men to get them more involved in programs like Head Start, and in other ways to positively impact their children's early development and success in preschool and the school years.

Wyoming Program Hosts Patrick Mitchell Trainings

Patrick Mitchell conducted an evening event for families and extended family members in Cheyenne, Wyoming in January, 2006, and he also provided comprehensive father involvement training for the Laramie County Head Start staff in the same city. Patrick addressed a variety of father involvement topics in an entertaining, informative, and interactive format. Topics covered included some Down To Earth Dad trademark favorites, including The History of Dads, The Power of Play, Quantity Time, Fathers and Daughters, Fathers and Sons, The Academics of Fatherhood, Getting Dads Involved at School, and Community Fathers. Additionally, recruitment methods for getting fathers, grandfathers, and uncles through the front door of the Head Start program were provided.

Down To Earth Dad® Trains Tribal Program Staff and Parents

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Head Start program in northwest Oregon asked Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell to share insights and inspiration on the topic of father, grandfather, and uncle involvement in Head Start and other Tribal programs relative to enhancing positive early education and life experiences and outcomes for children with regard to cognitive, social, and emotional development. Special emphasis was given to the topic of father involvement and literacy enhancement. The Head Start program is implementing the Dads Matter! Project to celebrate involved fatherhood in the program and community.

Minnesota Child Agency Books Patrick Mitchell Trainings

Patrick Mitchell provided interactive male involvement trainings to families, community partners, educators, and community professionals assembled at Kootasca Community Action Head Start in Grand Rapids, Minnesota during two special events -- a Family Night, and a Staff Day training the week of October 13, 2005. Mr. Mitchell brought years of father involvement, staff development, and parent training experience to these important events. Staff recommitted themselves to getting, and keeping, men more meaningfully involved in the lives of the children served by, and within the community of, Kootasca Community Action Head Start.

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes Washington State Title I Conference

Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell keynoted the Clarkston School District Title One conference in an address entitled, "Family Relationships" which focused on the vital role of fathers on October 2, 2005. He also presented three one-hour breakout sessions on the topic of fatherhood and literacy enhancement. The State of Washington aspires to high academic content standards in mathematics and reading/language arts, and in science. Research shows that fathers play a vital role in how well their children do in school. Patrick Mitchell addressed the reasons why fathers matter so much academically, socially, and emotionally to their children, and he noted the negative effects of father absence, the positive effects of father presence, and he shared research, insights, and enthusiasm for the reality that the role of fathers is vital in children's lives.

Northern Minnesota School Invites "Dad" To Town

The Grand Portage Head Start program, serving Northern Minnesota families, invited Patrick Mitchell to provide a special event for parents of preschool children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caring family friends. Patrick focused on early literacy enhancement with the family and extended family members, and he trained program staff on the value of, and strategies to bring about, increased male involvement in children's lives for the benefit of children's educational, emotional, and social well-being. Mr. Mitchell provided two days of interactive trainings for families and program staff.

Montana Head Start Program Reserves The Down To Earth Dad

Patrick Mitchell provided Family Night and Staff Day father involvement events for Great Falls, Montana dads, moms, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and early childhood educators in August, 2005. The events coincide with the program's annual pre-service training. Topics to include Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement and facts and interaction focusing on the tremendous benefits children reap when good men are involved in their lives.

Tribal School District Invites 'Dad' To Trainings and Powwow

The Hays/Lodgepole School District has invited Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell to return to the home of the Gros Ventres and Assiniboine Tribes for a third time to continue work with Dads and Moms in Tribal families, and with educators and practitioners in the communities that comprise the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. These encore trainings occurred in mid-August, 2005, and coincided with the Hays Powwow, and celebrated the history, heritage, and culture of the native people of North Central Montana. Mr. Mitchell facilitated storytelling during his Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement workshop for educators at Hays High School, and he coordinated and facilitated storytelling at the powwow.

Louisiana School Board Program Reserves Down To Earth Dad Events

St. John Parish School Board Head Start Program in Reserve, Louisiana, hosted Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell for a Family Night event focusing on father involvement and literacy enhancement on Thursday, April 28, 2005. Mr. Mitchell also provided a staff training event for teachers and community partners on the topic of father, grandfather, and uncle involvement in early education programs on Friday, April 29. Topics for the Staff Day included elements of Patrick Mitchell's History of Dads, Power of Play, Quantity Time, Fathers and Daughters, Fathers and Sons, Academics of Fatherhood, Getting Dads Involved at School, and Community Fathers workshops

Virginia Head Start Program Hosts Patrick Mitchell Events

The Northern Neck Head Start Program in Tappahannock, Virginia, brought Patrick Mitchell to town to facilitate Family Night and Staff Day events for families and professionals across five counties and from seven early education classrooms. A literacy enhancement method was taught to parents and community partners and program staff and professionals were trained on how to get more men -- primarily dads, grandpas, and uncles -- more meaningfully involved in the early education and social and emotional development of children connected to Virginia child-and-family serving programs generally, and the Northern Neck Head Start Program specifically.

Oklahoma Head Start Reserves Down To Earth Dad® Training

An early childhood education program in Atoka, Oklahoma invited Patrick Mitchell to provide a daylong interactive father involvement training for educators and practitioners who serve children and families across several Oklahoma counties, and to host a special event for families as well, in March, 2005.

Northern Montana Head Start Slates Staff Training, Family Night

The North Central Montana Head Start program, based in Havre, Montana and serving Native American families in rural communities, hosted Patrick Mitchell, who conducted a Down To Earth Dad Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement workshop on Thursday, March 31, 2005, for family and extended family members connected to Head Start children. Additionally, Patrick Mitchell provided a daylong workshop for Head Start staff and Havre-area community partners, school district officials, educators, child-and-family advocacy program representatives, and practitioners on Friday, April 1, 2005.

Washington Training Consortium Spotlights The Down To Earth Dad

The Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP Programs and Statewide Training invited Patrick Mitchell of The Down To Earth Dad®, to provide father involvement training to State of Washington educators, Head Start teachers, policy council members, State of Washington legislators and parents at a statewide staff and practitioner training event Thursday, April 21, 2005 in Tukwila, Washington. In addition to covering a host of father involvement topics relative to enhancing early literacy and the social, emotional, and educational development of preschool children, Mr. Mitchell emphasized the tremendous benefits associated with father presence in children's lives and addressed the increased risk for negative outcomes associated with father absence in the early years

West Virginia Head Start Reserves Down To Earth Dad Events

Mingo County EOC Head Start in Williamson, West Virginia, invited Patrick Mitchell to train program staff and community partners on the importance of father involvement generally, and to share his knowledge and expertise about ways educators, practitioners, and communities can reach out and involve more fathers, grandfathers, and uncles in young children's lives, specifically. The staff training event took place during the day on Thursday, January 20, 2005, and Mr. Mitchell conducted a separate event just for families on the evening of the same day.

Illinois Head Start Families Get Patrick Mitchell Presentations

Patrick Mitchell will provide a Family Night -- called a "Fun Night" by his host, West Central Community Services Head Start in Monmouth, Illinois -- for 200 families on Thursday, March 30, 2006. This event will be for dads, moms, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings connected to Head Start children. Then, the following day, Patrick will conduct humorous and informative staff training for Head Start professionals and community partners. A variety of topics will be presented, and special emphasis will be placed on the topic, "Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement." Participants in both the Family Night and Staff Day events will experience an especially entertaining "storytelling" activity facilitated by Mr. Mitchell.

Montana Early Childhood Program Hosts Down To Earth Dad Events

The Families in Partnership Early Head Start Program in Libby, Montana, hosted a Down To Earth Dad Night Thursday, January 6, 2005, featuring Patrick Mitchell's interactive Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement workshop for programs, educators, families, and communities. Additionally, Mr. Mitchell conducted a father involvement training for Families In Partnership Early Head Start during the day on Friday, January 7.

Idaho Child Care Conference Spotlights Patrick Mitchell Message

The Down To Earth Dad addressed educators and practitioners attending the Early Years: Critical Years For Idaho's Children conference at the Boise Centre on the Grove November 16, 2004. Patrick Mitchell's interactive Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement presentation was was geared to getting Dads more involved in the early literacy picture in child care settings and at home. The conference was sponsored by the Idaho Department of Health.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Invites Patrick Mitchell to Tribal Men's Retreat

Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell provided an interactive father involvement workshop for parents, educators, and community partners connected to the Oglala Sioux and Lakota Sioux Tribe Child Care and Development Programs and community partners at a special Men's Retreat held for Pine Ridge-area South Dakota fathers, grandfathers, uncles, moms, grandmas, aunts, and practitioners on Friday, October 29, 2004. Mr. Mitchell's interactive workshop, which was repeated several times during the day to accommodate demand, focused on father involvement and literacy enhancement, illustrating how storytelling Down To Earth Dad style enhances the literacy of children while simultaneously providing the opportunity to share the history, heritage, culture, and language of a people.

New Mexico Tribal Program Books Down To Earth Dad

The Pueblo of Isleta Head Start and Child Care Program of Isleta, New Mexico, invited Patrick Mitchell to conduct a daytime father involvement training for staff and a subsequent evening male involvement workshop for families in December, 2004. Mr. Mitchell's interactive evening event took place for fathers, grandfathers, and uncles, and welcomed mothers, grandmothers, aunts as well. Patrick Mitchell shared information focusing on father involvement in the early years, during the daytime training event for staff, and during and evening Down To Earth Dad event. The Pueblo of Isleta Head Start and Child Care Program utilizes the Dads Matter! Project to involve and recruit fathers to become more involved at their local Head Start program.

Arizona Tribal Program Reserves Patrick Mitchell Training Event

The Hualapai Tribe, in conjunction with the Hualapai Tribal Head Start program in Peach Springs, Arizona, invited Patrick Mitchell to provide an interactive father involvement presentation for most of an all-day father involvement summit in November, 2004. Sharing his father involvement expertise with early education and child care program professionals, and with parents and community members, Mr. Mitchell emphasized the message that Dads matter to children's educational, social, and emotional development and life success. The Down To Earth Dad addressed a variety of father involvement topics in an entertaining, informative, and interactive way during the day, and in the evening, he conducted a separate Family Night event focusing primarily on storytelling as a tool for Dads, grandpas, uncles, Moms, grandmas, and aunts to build strong bonds with the children they care for while sharing their personal history, heritage and culture -- with their own children and with children in their community. The Hualapai live on a reservation encompassing a million acres along 108 miles of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon.

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes Regional Tribal Child Care Conference

Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell provided the opening keynote address at the Bi-Regional Tribal Child Care Conference Promoting Health, Wellness, and Prevention in Tribal Child Care Communities held in Albuquerque, New Mexico September 14-16, 2004. Tribal childcare program directors and specialists from 11 states across ACF Regions VI & VIII attended the conference sponsored by the Child Care Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Washington, D.C.

Patrick Mitchell addresses National Head Start Conference

The U.S. Head Start Bureau in Washington, D.C., Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, invited Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell to address Head Start administrators, program directors, family involvement specialists, and parents from through out the nation at The Father Factor: National Head Start Institute on Father Involvement in Dallas, Texas in June, 2004. Mr. Mitchell's interactive presentation affirmed the invaluable contributions that fathers can make to the well-being of children, and implored professionals to leverage specific "Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement" techniques in Head Start programs and early education and child care settings.

Montana School District Invites 'Dad' Back To Fort Belknap

The Gros-Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of North Central Montana invited Patrick Mitchell back to Fort Belknap to conduct an encore presentation of his father involvement training, this time providing a two-day Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement workshop for Hays/Lodgepole School District No. 50 educators and parents.Mr. Mitchell conducted Day One of the interactive workshop at Hays High School, and Day Two at the powwow grounds in Mission Canyon during the annual Hays Powwow held August 13-15, 2004.Dozens of teachers, parents, children, and members of the Gros-Ventre and Assiniboine tribes participated in storytelling down to earth dad style in the oral language tradition inside an 18-foot diameter tee pee set up by Gros-Ventres Language Specialist Terry Brockie and Assiniboine Linguist Kenneth ("Tuffy") Helgeson.The Down To Earth Dad workshop, and the interactive activities facilitated by Mr. Mitchell at the powwow, emphasized storytelling as a tool for families, programs, and communities to involve f athers, enhance early literacy, and teach history, culture, heritage, and Native language. Following these Down To Earth Dad workshops, the Hays/Lodgepole School District deployed The Down To Earth Dad Dads Matter! Project for school district families.

Missouri Head Start Hosts Patrick Mitchell Pre-Service Training

The Down To Earth Dad provided a full day of father involvement training to pep up the staff at Douglass Community Services Head Start in Hannibal, Missouri and send them into the new school year raring and ready to get fathers involved Fatherhood and Parent Leadership Specialist Cory Combs put the event together, inviting Patrick Mitchell and requesting that he conduct his Father Involvement Via Storytelling workshop in the evening for fathers and families, and a daytime staff development training for 120 Head Start teachers, practitioners, and community partners. Topics covered included some Down To Earth Dad trademark favorites, including The History of Dads, The Power of Play, Quantity Time, Fathers and Daughters, Fathers and Sons, The Academics of Fatherhood/Getting Dads Involved at School, and Community Fathers.Additionally, recruitment methods for getting fathers, grandfathers, and uncles through the front door of their local Head Start program, and a slew of entertaining and touching audio-visuals, were shared.

Pacific Northwest Child Care Team Hears Down To Earth Dad

Patrick Mitchell conducted an interactive father involvement presentation at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington in September 2004 for approximately 100 Skagit/Islands Head Start educators, staff, care providers, practitioners, and community partners.  The Head Start program serves 431 children and families in Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties in beautiful Washington State. Mr. Mitchell shared numerous father involvement strategies, and presented specific methods educators, practitioners, and parents can employ to leverage the huge positive impact of fathers in the arena of early literacy enhancement.

Family Literacy Program Embraces Storytelling Method

The Even Start Family Literacy Program in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho invited Patrick Mitchell to share his interactive Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement workshop, including the storytelling method he has taught to educators, practitioners and parents for six years, at the Harding Family Center in August 2004. Mr. Mitchell's dual objective for the evening event for families and professionals was to get fathers more involved with their children and simultaneously set in motion a nightly system of storytelling in the oral language tradition to enhance early literacy at the homes of participating families.  This objective was remarkably compatible with Even Start's over-arching goal to have interactive literacy activities take place between parents and their children in the spirit of recognizing that parents are the primary teachers of their preschool children.

Wisconsin College and Head Start Host Patrick Mitchell

Dads, grandpas, uncles, moms, grandmas, aunts, and children participated in an entertaining and informative father involvement and literacy enhancement training provided by Patrick Mitchell, The Down To Earth Dad, at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wisconsin the evening of June 2, 2004. Additionally, teachers, child care providers, school district administrators, community partners, representatives from local churches, and state and local child-and-family case workers attended Mr. Mitchell's Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement in-service training the very next day.  Both events were sponsored by Family and Child Learning Centers of Northeast Wisconsin, Nicolet College, and United Way.

Washington Child Advocacy Program Gets Patrick Mitchell Training

Tri-Cities, Washington area dads, uncles, grandfathers, practitioners, and Head Start staff gathered Wednesday, January 14, 2004 during the day, and again during the evening to hear Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell address a range of father involvement topics.  Child advocacy program staff, community partners, and parents from Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland participated in the interactive workshop.  Mr. Mitchell assisted attendees in reaching out to children, and in reaching out to good men to help them interact more meaningfully with children.   The Down To Earth Dad emphasized that kids need dads, and he provided tools to to help fathers, grandfathers, and uncles better shape kids' social, emotional, and educational development. Both events were sponsored by Catholic Family and Child Service of Pasco, Washington.

Tribal Families Gather for Down To Earth! Dad Night

Following the great success of the recent Storytelling Night at Children of the Sun Head Start on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington State in December, Patrick Mitchell returned in January, 2004, to conduct his interactive Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement workshop on a larger scale, this time involving dozens of families, extended families, educators, practitioners, and community partners.  The event acquainted participants with children's preschool learning needs, and special emphasis was placed on involving fathers, grandfathers, and uncles in the early literacy enhancement of preschool children.  In addition to providing key information and facilitating the telling, transcribing, and illustrating of true stories of living Tribal members' lives, Mr. Mitchell worked closely with Tribal Elder and Salish Language Expert and Lecturer Merle Andrew.  Tribal history was brought to life in a Coyote Story passed down through the Salish Oral Tradition.  Mr. Mitchell sought to motivate parents and practitioners to help preschool children become aware of, and practice, the basic building blocks of language in light of the reality that these building blocks are essential in meeting preschool children's emergent literacy needs; specifically, that oral language, written language, and reading are all ways of experiencing language and discerning meaning in school and in life.

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes National Child Care Conference in Texas

Patrick Mitchell addressed the Ninth National American Indian and Alaska Native Child Care Conference in San Antonio on May 7, 2003, speaking to 400 child care directors from throughout the nation who seek to develop an early learning strategy for Tribes that incorporates unique tribal cultural and language components into President Bush's Good Start, Grow Smart initiative.  The Down To Earth Dad provided a morning workshop on the topic of father involvement and literacy enhancement, and he spoke to the entire assembly during his Plenary Address, seeking to instill a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the enormous potential awaiting programs, communities, and families who invite fathers, grandfathers, and uncles to become more meaningfully involved in children's lives in early childhood education and child care settings and at home, particularly in the area of early literacy development.  The theme of the national conference, sponsored by the Child Care Bureau in Washington, D.C., was "Strengthening the Foundations for Early Learning in Tribal Child Care Settings.

Patrick Mitchell Brings Storytelling Night to Tribal Families

The Down To Earth Dad provided an interactive early literacy w orkshop, including storytelling down to earth dad style for parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and children on Thursday, December 4, 2003, at Children of the Sun Head Start in Wellpinit, Washington on the Spokane Indian Reservation.  Mr. Mitchell's Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement presentation emphasized the important role fathers, grandfathers, and uncles play historically, and in the present day with respect to the early literacy development of young children.

Down To Earth Dad Founder Keynotes Montana Foster Parents Conference

Patrick Mitchell provided the opening keynote address for the Montana Foster Parent Association annual conference on Saturday, October 11, 2003, at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana.  Foster and adoptive parents, and State and local practitioners and child-and-family advocates attended the two-day conference at which Patrick Mitchell inspired attendees to embrace, and act upon, the reality that fathers matter supremely to children, and that foster parents in particular can make a huge difference in children's lives.

Ohio Educational Service Center Hosts Patrick Mitchell Presentation

Butler County Educational Service Center teachers and parents interacted with Patrick Mitchell at a special training event featuring The Down To Earth Dad at their Fairfield, Ohio program headquarters in October,2003. Patrick Mitchell's presentation showcased ways practitioners can encourage greater father/"significant male" involvement in the lives of children, and ways dads and moms can build strong bonds with their kids and maximize the positive influence they have in their lives.

Montana Tribes Get Down To Earth Dad Workshop

Patrick Mitchell provided a daylong, interactive Down To Earth Dad workshop for Fort Belknap Indian Community child care staff and parents in October, 2003. The Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, located in North Central Montana near the Canadian border, is home to two tribes, the Gros Ventre, or A'aninin, and the Nakoda People, or Assiniboine tribe.  The goal of the workshop was to increase father involvement generally, and to zero in on father involvement and literacy enhancement specifically. Patrick Mitchell shared strategies for Fort Belknap Childcare Development Program professionals to give fathers, grandfathers, and uncles tools to become more actively involved in young children's cognitive, social, emotional, and educational development

Down To Earth Dad Trains Washington Staff and Parents

The Benton Franklin Head Start Program in Richland, Washington, has reserved Patrick Mitchell, founder of The Down To Earth Dad, for a day of staff, policy council, and community partner outreach and training on the topic of father involvement and literacy enhancement, and on the importance of getting and keeping dads, grandpas, uncles, and other good men involved in children's lives for a variety of important reasons. Customized workshops will take place at the Richland Center on September, 11, 2003.

Spokane Tribe Hosts Down To Earth Dad Night

Patrick Mitchell conducted an interactive, entertaining workshop for parents and child care professionals on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at the Children of the Sun Head Start Center in Wellpinit, Washington on the Spokane Indian Reservation.  Mr. Mitchell's Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement presentation emphasized the important role that fathers, grandfathers, and uncles play in the early literacy development of children ages five and under.

California Human Services Agency Features Patrick Mitchell

The San Mateo County Human Services Agency invited Patrick Mitchell to provide an interactive workshop for practitioners and parents to give child care social workers tools to get fathers and father-figures more involved in their case plans, and to give parents tools to build stronger bonds with their kids.  Patrick Mitchell's presentation at Mt. Alverno Conference Center in Redwood City, California on Friday, May 30, from 9:30 a.m. to Noon, showcased ways practitioners can encourage greater father and father-figure involvement in the lives of children, and ways dads and moms can maximize the positive influence they have in their kids' lives. Elements of Mr. Mitchell's Dad Factor, and Secrets of Successful Parents were included in the presentation to a diverse audience of practitioners, para-natal professionals, child care social workers, and parents.

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes Upstate New York Banquet

Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell provided the keynote address at the Family Enrichment Network's 25th Anniversary Celebration in Binghamton, New York in June 2003, addressing parents, community members, Network staff, teachers, and representatives for New York human services agencies on the topic of creating and maintaining father-friendly environments at child-and-family advocacy programs, and how to get and keep good men involved in children's lives.

Confederated Tribes of Oregon Hear Father Involvement Message

Patrick Mitchell provided afternoon and evening father involvement training for Head Start staff, parents, and area practitioners in Grand Ronde, Oregon on Thursday, April 3, 2003.  The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, consisting of the Rogue River, Umpqua, Chasta, Kalapuya, Molalla, Salmon River, Tillamook, and Nestucca Tribes and bands of Western Oregon and Northern California, invited Mr. Mitchell to share his insights and recommendations on the topic of getting dads, grandfathers, and uncles more involved in the lives of children ages 3-5.  The Down To Earth Dad topics covered included The Power of Play, Quantity Time, Storytelling, Problem Solving, Community Fathers, and Getting Involved At School in this interactive male involvement training.

Tribal Head Start Program Gets Down To Earth Dad Training

Patrick Mitchell provided an interactive male involvement training for Spokane Tribal Head Start practitioners and parents in Wellpinit, Washington on Friday, March 14, 2003.  Topics addressed included strategies for greater involvement of dads, grandfathers, and uncles in the lives of children ages 3-5. Program staff, Moms, children, Dads, grandfathers, uncles, and community partners participated.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dads and Grandfathers Featured

The children of the Great Sioux Nation, like children everywhere, need good men in their lives, including fathers, grandfathers, and uncles.  The Down To Earth Dad Dads Matter! Project has generated such great enthusiasm that program coordinators at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Head Start program in North Dakota are lining up more than the originally-proposed one dad per month to be interviewed in conjunction with the project each month.  Patrick Mitchell of The Down To Earth Dad is reaching out to American Indian Head Start and child care programs across the country with the message that children ages 0 - 5 need dads (and grandfathers, uncles, and other good men!) in their lives.  The Dads Matter! Project seeks to include several American Indian Head Start programs in a collaborative father involvement effort in 2004.

Philadelphia Preschool Invites Patrick Mitchell to Pancake Breakfast

Patrick Mitchell was the guest speaker and provider of male-recruitment assistance at a special event for fathers, grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers, and other men connected to North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania children families on Saturday, November 2, 2002 at the community center located at 10th and Wallace streets.  This outreach and recruitment effort on behalf of Philadelphia Housing Authority Head Start sought to get more good men more involved in children's lives in and around the neighborhoods served by North Philadelphia Head Start programs.

Pennsylvania Head Start Gets Two-Day Down To Earth Dad Training

Philadelphia Housing Authority Head Start received two days of Down To Earth Dad Male Involvement Training by Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell on Thursday,October 17, and Friday, October 18, 2002 at the North Philadelphia agency's St. Paul's Church Center located at 10th and Wallace streets.  The staff is making a move toward providing more father-friendly services to the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers, and other good men who can have a tremendous positive influence in the lives of children ages 3-5, and Mr. Mitchell provided professional assistance in that endeavor.  The Philadelphia Housing Authority Head Start program has implemented the Dads Matter! Project as a tool to reach out to North Philadelphia families and community partners.

Washington Childhood Program Gets Patrick Mitchell Training

Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program (LCECP) of Clarkston, Washington, reached out to teachers and child-and-family advocates across seven Washington and Idaho counties by providing a day of Father Involvement and Literacy Enhancement training featuring Patrick Mitchell on Monday, November 11, 2002.  Mr. Mitchell provided a morning presentation on the topic of male involvement and literacy enhancement in early childhood education.

Down To Earth Dad Conducts California Pre-Service Training

Patrick Mitchell provided the opening keynote address at the annual Stanislaus County Office of Education Pre-Service training in Modesto, California, in August 2002, addressing State of California Registered Nurses, health aides, family service workers, state instructional staff including permit teachers and instructional aides, and Head Start/Early Head Start site supervisors, program managers, and parents.  Mr. Mitchell's interactive keynote address  emphasized the importance of fathers and father figures to children and families and to the programs and practitioners serving them.

Anaheim Conference Features Patrick Mitchell Keynote Address

Patrick Mitchell will speak at the California State Training Conference in Anaheim, California in October, 2002, providing the opening keynote address for State of California practitioners, foster and adoptive parents, psychologists, social workers, and other child-and-family advocates

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes National Conference in Las Vegas

Patrick Mitchell provided the opening keynote address at the National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) Annual Conference at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas in May, 2002. The Down To Earth Dad expounded upon the reality that foster dads matter!  Foster parents and child-and-family advocates from throughout the country attended Mr. Mitchell's address.

Down To Earth Dad Speaks at Lewis and Clark State College

Patrick Mitchell, The Down To Earth Dad, provided mentoring, motivation and support for parents and professionals invited to attend the Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program Parent Conference at Williams Conference Center at Lewis and Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho in May, 2002.

Orange County Social Services Hosts Patrick at Annual Conference

Patrick Mitchell addressed foster and adoptive parents, social workers, and child-and-family advocacy professionals attending the Sixth Annual Orange County Conference for Foster and Adoptive Families at the Hyatt Regency in Anaheim, California in April, 2002. Sponsored by the Orange County Social Services Agency Division of Children and Family Services and Saddleback Community College, the conference featured Patrick Mitchell's Secrets of the Down To Earth Dad and Exceptional Dads for Kids with Special Needs presentations.

Cybil Shepherd Hosts Down To Earth Dad on National Television Show

Patrick Mitchell joined Cybil Shepherd and Micky Dolenz (from the band, "The Monkees"), and Micky's daughter, Ami, in a nationally televised discussion about a father's role in the life of his daughter on the Fathers and Daughters edition of Cybil's talk show, MEN ARE FROM MARS, Women Are From Venus. The hour-long show, filmed in a Hollywood studio before a live audience, aired Wednesday, October 4.

Patrick Mitchell is Banquet Master of Ceremonies in Colorado

The Down To Earth Dad served as Master of Ceremonies for the 2001 Regional Family Support and Fatherhood Summit Dinner Banquet and Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 3, in Denver, Colorado. The banquet honored dignitaries including Colorado State Attorney General Ken Salazar, state legislators, parent leaders, and directors of community-based organizations. The dinner banquet recognized members of the corporate and public sectors, child-and-family advocates, and practitioners who work with Colorado's most fragile families. Patrick Mitchell shared the stage with Mexican Folk Dancers and others, and he interspersed The Down To Earth Dad resources, information, wisdom, and wit with the introductions of dignitaries and presenters who honored award recipients throughout the evening. Approximately 150 people attended this special event.

Down To Earth Dad Trains Utah Head Start Practitioners

Patrick Mitchell provided full day of in-service training for Davis County Head Start teachers, program coordinators and staff at the Family Enrichment Center in Kaysville, Utah in May, 2001. Strategies for getting good men involved in the lives of children were addressed, and significant topics relating to parenthood and child-and-family advocacy were explored in an entertaining and informative manner. Patrick Mitchell is a consultant for Region VIII Head Start. See testimonials from this event.

Oregon Foster Parents Association Hosts Patrick Mitchell

Patrick Mitchell delivered the Keynote Address at a special banquet to celebrate the need for fathers in every day life in Albany, Oregon on Friday, March 9, 2001. Foster fathers and their spouses gathered for the celebration dinner from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Oregon Foster Parents Association (OFPA), in conjunction with Linn County and Benton County foster parents programs, sponsored the event.

Down To Earth Dad Founder Keynotes Albany Conference

Patrick Mitchell provided the Keynote Address at the Family Resource Fair at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon on Saturday, March 10, 2001. The special event for parents in Albany, Eugene, and the Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District explored creative ways moms and dads can maximize the positive influence they have in their kids' lives. The Down To Earth Dad challenged dads "to stay involved and reach out to other kids who could really use a good man, and he challenged single moms "...to get some good men involved in the lives of your children. I challenge you to go out and connect your children with good men and continue to be the great parents that you are." In a feature article appearing in the Mid-Valley Sunday edition of the Albany Democrat Herald newspaper, Education Editor Jennifer Moody recapped Mr. Mitchell's speech by suggested that it was filled with good information and humor, and said, "...Mitchell sprinkled his discussion with musical and visual examples of how our culture views fatherhood ...and left most of the nearly 200 people in the audience in tears...."

New York Foster / Adoptive Parents Hear Patrick Mitchell Message

Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell returned to The Bronx, and to Manhattan, New York City in December to conduct an encore series of specialty workshops for foster and adoptive parents, foster youth, and group home staff. Down To Earth Dad Presentations occurred at Leake and Watts Services, Inc., a childcare agency serving New York City's neediest children and families in Westchester County, and at the Children's Aid Society in Manhattan.

Down To Earth Dad Founder Trains Colorado Dads, Providers

Dads, moms, and child-care providers in Boulder, Colorado received special Parent Involvement/Male Involvement training from Patrick Mitchell at the First Annual Pauline Price Community Conference in March, 2001 at the Hotel Boulderado. Patrick Mitchell's Secrets of The Down To Earth Dad, and Quantity Time presentations were featured at the conference which was sponsored by the Pauline Price Foundation and Speech Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado.

Children's Aid Society Gets Patrick Mitchell Training in Manhattan

The Children's Aid Society of Manhattan, New York hosted Patrick Mitchell for a half-day training event for case managers, social workers, supervisors, and clinicians representing 50 citywide child welfare agencies from the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens on Thursday, September 28, 2000. Patrick Mitchell's presentation at the Greenwich Village Center in Manhattan showcased ways practitioners can encourage greater father/"significant male" involvement in the lives of children, and ways Dads and Moms can build strong bonds with their kids and maximize the positive influence they have in their lives. The Children's Aid Society is a voluntary, nonsectarian agency that provides a broad spectrum of health, education, recreation, and emergency services to New York City's neediest children and families. See testimonials from this event.

Patrick Mitchell Speaks at Montana Governor's Conference

Patrick Mitchell addressed the State of Montana Governor's Council, and professionals and the public at the First Annual Governor's Conference on Marriage and Families at Montana State University in Bozeman on Saturday, September 23 2000. Other invited speakers included Montana Governor Marc Racicot, Dr. Wade Horn of the National Fatherhood Initiative, and Lt. Governor Judy Martz. Conference participants included counselors, therapists, clergy, family life educators, teachers, policy makers, community leaders, journalists, and the public.

Patrick Mitchell Addresses Idaho Practitioners and Parents

Patrick Mitchell presented at the Early Years: Critical Years for Idaho's Children conference on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at the Center on the Grove convention center in Boise, Idaho. Participants in his Exceptional Dads For Kids with Special Needs presentation learned how to design father-friendly environments and to encourage fathers to participate and network with other dads, programs, and services in sharing the challenges, stresses and rewards of parenting. The conference was sponsored by the Idaho Bureau of Developmental Disabilities and the Idaho Infant-Toddler Program.

Patrick Mitchell Keynotes Teen Parent Conference in Washington

The Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell addressed teen parents and child and family advocates at the 2000 Teen Parent Conference in Clarkston, Washington on Friday, February 25, providing the Noon Keynote Address and two interactive workshops on the "Kids Need Dads" theme before and after lunch. Joining Patrick Mitchell in addressing the assembly was T.J. Terry, of Florida, author of Suddenly Single Mom. Review testimonials from the conference.

'Bringing Baby Home' Series Focuses on Fathers

Patrick Mitchell provided the father-oriented elements of a comprehensive series of bimonthly workshops sponsored by Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for new Dads. Patrick conducted his interactive parenting sessions for fathers (and mothers) in February, April, and June of 2001. The "Bringing Baby Home" series combines elements of The Down To Earth Dad's Storytelling, Power of Play, A Father's Magic Touch; and Quantity Time workshops, and features ways new fathers can get involved and stay involved in the lives of their children.

Panel Discussion Addresses Parent/Child Relationships

Patrick Mitchell took a chair alongside three other reputable community members who work with youth, families, and child/family advocacy organizations in a public panel discussion held at the North Idaho Behavioral Health Outpatient Center in Coeur d'Alene on Thursday, April 12 2001. Chairman of the Community Fatherhood Project and a member of the Board of Directors with Idaho Child/Family Assistance Resources and Education (I.C.A.R.E.), Mr. Mitchell joined School District 271 Nurse Cynthia Perry, High School Teacher of the Year Tanya Benson, and District STD/HIV Program Coordinator Jeff Lee, R.N., in a straightforward discussion about self-esteem, puberty, sexuality, mixed messages, and peer-pressure. The Panhandle Health District Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program sponsored the event.

College Classes Air Male Involvement Message

Patrick Mitchell's North Idaho College classes in Fall, 2000 and Spring, 2001 at Boswell Hall on the NIC campus featured his "Secrets of The Down To Earth Dad" class providing fathers tools to build stronger bonds with their kids and to have a more positive influence in their lives. The course showcased many of Patrick Mitchell's nationally recognized parenting tips and techniques Down To Earth Dad style. His more recent class, "Dads, Yesterday and Today" featured hands-on ways dads and moms can interact more meaningfully with their children. As recently as 1900, most fathers lived and worked at home on farms. They were at the center of their families -- providers, disciplinarians, educators, and "at-home Dads" every one of them. The Industrial Revolution gradually took Dads out of the home. But modern day Dads are back from the past, and the course showcased ways parents and practitioners can rediscover the American father past, present, and future and pick up some pointers they can put to immediate use in their families and practices. (Moms attended too!)

Patrick Mitchell Conducts 'Power of Play' Workshop

North Idaho and Eastern Washington fathers participated in an interactive workshop conducted by Patrick Mitchell on the evening of Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. This special event, sponsored by Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families, Idaho Child Abuse Response and Education (I.C.A.R.E.), and Kootenai Medical Center provided a close-up view of the tremendous power present when Dads wrestle their kids in the living room, whack them with pillows, tackle them in a mock game of football, or otherwise engage their children in physical forms of play.

Children learn from their fathers how to "socialize their natural aggression" and to play fair. According to Dr. Stephen J. Suomi, a leading researcher at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland, U.S.A, children who don't learn how to play correctly may be shunned by other kids later in life.

"Kids Need Dads" Workshop Held in Coeur d'Alene

Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell conducted an interactive workshop on the "Kids Need Dads" theme the evening of April 3, 2000 at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for North Idaho and Eastern Washington fathers and families. This entertaining hands-on seminar sponsored by I.C.A.R.E. and Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families , addressed the many reasons why children need fathers in their lives. Clearly, the best parent is both parents; however, children benefit from certain "distinctly Dad" activities and interactions which, when explored in the workshop, cause a collective exclamation of "Aha!" from participant-fathers, and can change forever the way re-energized Dads have positive interactions with their kids.

"Kids Need Dads" Workshop Held in Coeur d'Alene

Down To Earth Dad Founder Patrick Mitchell conducted an interactive workshop on the "Kids Need Dads" theme the evening of April 3, 2000 at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for North Idaho and Eastern Washington fathers and families. This entertaining hands-on seminar sponsored by I.C.A.R.E. and Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families , addressed the many reasons why children need fathers in their lives. Clearly, the best parent is both parents; however, children benefit from certain "distinctly Dad" activities and interactions which, when explored in the workshop, cause a collective exclamation of "Aha!" from participant-fathers, and can change forever the way re-energized Dads have positive interactions with their kids.

Quantity + Quantity + Quantity = Quality

Dads and moms from Idaho's panhandle explored ways to spend more time with their children by attending Patrick Mitchell's Quantity Time parenting class Tuesday, April 11, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the main classroom at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene. Mr. Mitchell emphasized that parents who spend short bursts of so-called "quality time" with their children might be short-changing their relationships if they forget to log quantity time hours along the way. Parents attending the workshop learned how to make more time for their children out of the limited time they have. This Down To Earth Dad class was sponsored by Panhandle Health, Kootenai Medical Center, Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families (KACF), School District 271, and Idaho Child Abuse Response and Education (I.C.A.R.E.).

Dad Takes to the Airwaves

Patrick Mitchell has been featured in various media throughout the country, including a national television talk show hosted by Cybil Shepherd, The Chicago Tribune, KREM 2 Television Nightly News, The Spokesman Review, KVNI AM 1080 radio, The Idaho Press Tribune, WBEV 1430 AM in Beaverdam, Wisconsin; The Albany Democrat Herald, WMRH 1170 AM in Waupun, Wisconsin; KUDY Radio in Idaho, The Lewiston Morning Tribune, KOOL 109.9 Radio in Sacramento, WTTN 1580 AM in Watertown, Wisconsin; KSPT AM 1400 in Sandpoint, Idaho; WSDL 98.9 FM in Naples, Florida, and News Radio 1120 AM KXLY in Spokane, Washington.