A reading program designed to help men become better fathers is associated with better parenting skills as well as behavior and learning improvements in kids, a small study suggests.

In the study, researchers focused on fathers and kids at Head Start centers in New York City, where programs are designed to improve school readiness for children under age 5 with education, healthcare and social services.

Researchers randomly assigned 126 families to either participate in a reading-based parenting program with eight weekly sessions or join a control group of people on a waiting list for the program.

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