New Dad Groups in MA

New Dad Groups in MA

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Community is so important as a parent. But many new parents today lack that essential network. Raising a baby without peers and mentors is incredibly difficult, and often lonely. This can hit new fathers especially hard when our culture expects them to jump right into this huge new role without missing a beat. Let’s change that! Thankfully, new dad groups in MA are popping up all over. Are you looking for new dad groups in Massachusetts? In this post we’ll share both in-person and online groups for new fathers in MA.

Boston / Providence Dads Group

Boston / Providence Dads Group is a diverse community of fathers in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island areas who take an active role in their children’s lives. They seek to give members an opportunity to socialize, learn, and support each other as they navigate parenthood. They seek to bring fathers together in person across the greater Boston Metro and Providence, RI areas.

  • Meet-ups a few times a month
  • Playdates + outings with kids
  • Dads Night/Days out without kids

Find Meetups or follow Boston Dads Group on Facebook.

Fathers & Family Network

The Fathers & Family Network (FFN) was created in 1996 and has since been recognized as both a statewide and national program model. The Children’s Trust provides funding to local agencies and organizations to convene FFN meetings in five locations across the Commonwealth. FFN meetings include topical presentations and discussions as well as networking and collaboration opportunities for both fathers and the professionals who support them.

Information on upcoming meetings can be found here.

Over the Moon Parenting

This new dads group will meet for one hour at Over the Moon Parenting in Norwell, MA.  It will be facilitated by Joe Kolczewski, an experienced dad of two young girls, ages 2 and 4 years old. This group is for dads only (without your baby) and is a great opportunity to meet other new fathers experience fatherhood for the first time. The fee is $90 per 3-week session.

The National At-Home Dad Network

The National At-Home Dad Network empowers at-home dads and champions a culture that recognizes them as capable and competent parents. This is an online group with connections to in-person groups all over the country (and abroad!). This is a great network for new stay-at-home dads.

Family Nurturing Center

The Family Nurturing Center in Dorchester, MA offers free programs for families in low income neighborhoods to help parents and caregivers improve their parenting skills and enhance the cognitive and social development of their children. These programs help to strengthen the family, build community, and provide children with the nurturing and engaging environments necessary to ensure school readiness, resilience, and long-term success.

Visit the Nurturing Program Calendar for upcoming events and programs for new dads.

Boot Camp for New Dads

Boot Camp for New Dads® (aka Daddy Boot Camp®) is a unique father-to-father, community-based workshop that inspires and equips men to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and personally navigate their transformation into dads. It provides a space for men to explore not only the challenges of fatherhood but also the special gifts they bring to parenting. Boot Camp meets at Mt Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Cost is $90 per dad. Call the Childbirth Education Department at 617-499-5121 or email childbirthed@mah.harvard.edu for more information.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service

The JF&CS offers free, facilitated support groups for new parents both online and in person. While not all groups are specific to fathers, there are several opportunities for new dad groups in MA. Most groups cater to parents of babies from birth – one year old.

New Dad Groups in MA

New Dad groups in MA are an important resource for new fathers. With peer support, mentorship, and community, new dads don’t have to go it alone. Find a new dad group in MA today to connect with dads in your community!