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24-7 Dad Program Hits 10th Anniversary In Berkshire County

National Fatherhood Initiative

A national program on parenting education for fathers is celebrating 10 years in Berkshire County.

Frank Busener has led the county’s chapter of the National Fatherhood Initiative’s 24-7 Dad program since Sheriff Tom Bowler brought it to the Berkshires in 2011. 

“We discuss everything as far as what the role is as a dad, communication skills," said Busener. "Discipline is a hot topic, co-parenting, how do we communicate. We address spirituality, in a sense, as far as, you know, things we’re connected to. Some of the stuff maybe we were taught, growing up is open for revision. We might look at that and say that really wasn't effective.”

24-7 Dad is run by the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction in collaboration with 18 Degrees in Pittsfield and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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