Center for Fathers and Families
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The Center for Fathers and Families (CFF), a local nonprofit organization founded in 1994, developed the MASTERS (Making After School Time Enriching, Rewarding, and Successful) Expanded Learning Program in 2007. Partnerships with local districts and schools have created strong after school programs that provide students with:
- Literacy and Academic Enrichment
- Sports and Recreation
- Health and Wellness Education, including nutrition and weight management

MASTERS takes place at 17 elementary and middle schools in the Twin Rivers Unified, Natomas Unified, and Sacramento City Unified School Districts serving approximately 2,200 Sacramento area youth each school day. 93% of youth served in the program are on the free and reduced lunch program and considered low income.

MASTERS employs culturally diverse staff who reflect the primary ethnic demographics of the schools served. Additionally, MASTERS customizes programming to the specific needs of each school.
Program Successes
- All MASTERS elementary schools operate at 100% capacity and have waiting lists
- MASTERS has increased parent engagement through community events
- In 2012, CFF reached over 600 parents with multilingual bully prevention training
- 92% of parents enjoyed the experience and schools reported increased parental involvement

'I am surprised how well the staff know my children and how open they are to recommendations to help them grow in knowledge and develop interests in a positive way. Staff also provide valuable information on programs and resources in all areas of concern.' - Arnaldo, MASTERS Parent
Our goal is to provide the community with high quality services that will enhance every day lives and help build stronger families - whether full families or single parent families. Adult services provide assistance for MEN and WOMEN of all ages and include:

Daddy's Here Parenting Class/Support Group
Court and CPS approved. Offers attorney provided legal advice, child support assistance, domestic violence education, child protective services information, and is a bonding group for fathers/men in which participants are encouraged and inspired to be the best father and man they can possibly be. Participants also learn advanced parenting skills that will enhance their relationship with their child/children. There are many benefits to attending Daddy's Here, including outings and activities. Sessions take place each Thursday from 7-8:30 PM at Center for Fathers and Families, located at 920 Del Paso Boulevard, Sacramento. ($10 per session or $100 for 12 session paid in advance)

Taming Your Temper
Court and CPS approved. Develop skills to stay calm in high energy and challenging situations. Learn how to deflect negativity and also to become more assertive instead of aggressive. This class will help participants deal with people who know how to push buttons to alter personalities. Road rage, relationship issues, dealing with the boss - any challenges that could make you lose control can be easily managed. These sessions will also help manage stress, which will help participants be the best person they can be. ($25 per session or $250 for 12 sessions paid in advance. Course material cost is $35)

Court and CPS approved. These sessions help participants focus on the best interests of their child/children and increase their communication and functioning abilities with their co-parent. Learn more effective ways to get your point across and develop more patience and understanding in conversations to make life easier and more enjoyable for the children. Co-parenting does not have to be a battle. Find peace in moving forward. ($10 per session or $100 for 12 sessions paid in advance)

Practical Parenting
Court and CPS approved. Children do not come with instruction manuals. These sessions will help participants learn the stages children go through and how to navigate them. Learn about low and no cost activities to enjoy with your children, how to "speak their language," support them in the way that matters the most to them, and to become the nurturing the parent they need. ($10 per session or $100 for 12 sessions paid in advance; private individual, one-on-one classes are available upon request for a fee of $25 per class)

One-on-One Sessions
One-on-one sessions differ from classes because participants receive relationship advice, life skills training, court document preparation help, family reunification assistance and parenting advice. These sessions offer flexibility to meet participants' individual needs beyond the topics mentioned above. Clients set the agenda. (Cost is $25 per session)
Program Successes
- In 2014, CFF joined the Arden Arcade Birth & Beyond collaborative by offering the Great Dads program
- In 2014, CFF introduced GED preparation and completion courses
- 80% of Parent Center participants complete all 12 sessions
- Parent Center participation rises annually, serving over 1,620 adults
- In 2012, CFF developed a relationship with the Dept. of Child Support Services, Dept. of Mediation and Child Protective Services to bring speakers to our Daddy's Here Group

'Daddy's Here provides me with a safe environment to address the elements of building and maintaining a strong family and to discuss my concerns and challenges as a single father.' - Issac
'Terry Moore and CFF have done much, in two sessions, to lay the groundwork for my son and I to build a great relationship.' - Peter
'The Daddy's Here program has helped me rebuild my shattered self-esteem and assert my parental rights in a positive manner for my children.' - Harry
The Helping Hand Program provides short-term emergency aid to low-income families in Sacramento County who are either actively involved with, or graduates of CFF family education programs. When emergent issues are identified (i.e. purchasing food, preventing utilities from being shut-off, providing a deposit for housing), CFF steps in to provide families with a one-time grant to help them get back on track.
Program Successes
- The Helping Hand Program is supported, in part, by the Nationwide Foundation
- 100% of households receiving funding report that Helping Hand assistance has prevented power from being shut-off or has enabled power to be restored
- All families are given information information on SMUD's energy assistance program for future needs
- 93% of applications for food and/or utility assistance are reviewed and funded within two business days
- 79% of funded families increase their nutritional intake
- 100% are given instruction on effective shopping and budgeting