High school & college for young dads

CUNY Fatherhood Academy (CFA) | The City University of New York

Education Young Adult Caregiver

The CUNY Fatherhood Academy (CFA) is a free program for young fathers or expecting fathers who are 18 to 30 years old. The CFA helps men prepare for their high school equivalency (HSE) diploma exam or get ready for college. Men can get tutoring and take workshops on parenting, job readiness, receive counseling, financial incentives, and more.

CFA has transitioned all program operations and services to a distance learning program model, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Who is eligible

To be eligible for CUNY Fatherhood Academy, you should be able to answer yes to these questions.

For the high school equivalency and college prep track:

  • Do you live in NYC?
  • Are you a father or expecting father?

For the high school equivalency track only:

  • Are you between the ages of 18 and 30 years old?
  • Can you commit to a 16 week program for 3 days a week?

For the college prep track only:

  • Are you between the ages of 18 and 30 years old?
  • Do you have a high school diploma, HSE diploma, or GED?
  • Do you have less than 12 college credits?
  • Are you currently not enrolled in college?

How to apply

To apply for the CUNY Fatherhood Academy, fill in the contact form for the college you want to take classes at. A staff member will contact you shortly to let you know when the next orientation session is.


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Updated May 4, 2021