Faculty Advisor

Belz, Melissa


Many children in Cape Town, South Africa do not grow up with an involved father in their lives, often leading them to engage in delinquent behaviors. This project aimed to help the Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD) improve the involvement of fathers in early childhood development (ECD) in Cape Town. We conducted interviews with experts on father involvement, principals of ECD centers, and fathers of young children to gain different perspectives from multiple key informants. From these interviews, we identified challenges fathers face and supports they need. We developed a father involvement program for the CECD to implement through ECD centers across Cape Town. The recommended program is intended to improve the relationships of families in Cape Town.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted


Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs