Developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, an educational agency affiliated with the Texas A&M System, Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) is a program designed to encourage fathers, grandfathers, and other positive male role models to read to their children on a daily basis. The program aims to increase father involvement in children’s literacy development and to improve the quality of father-child relationships.
The FRED program has a unique history, in that it is named after a real father, Fred Bourland, who read to his own children as they were growing up. Inspired by her father’s example, Extension Family Economic Specialist Dr. Lynn Bourland White came up with the original concept underlying FRED, while Dr. Stephen Green, Extension Child Development Specialist, developed the program’s structure and content. A lifelong reader himself, Fred continually expanded his own knowledge through reading—the daily newspaper, a farm magazine, or the Bible. The father of three daughters, Fred firmly believed that reading opened the door of opportunity for himself and his children—and that reading can do the same for others.
For more information about the FRED program, contact:
Dr. Stephen Green
Associate Professor & Extension Child Development Specialist
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Texas A&M System
Last updated: April 24, 2015