About the Program

R3 Academy for Dads

Fathers play a pivotal role in the lives of children, no matter their ages. Most fathers want to build stable homes and strong relationships with their co-parent and children. This is a tall order that requires fathers to be equipped with the best skills available to them.

R3 Academy for Dads gives fathers the parenting tools, communication skills, relationship insights, and encouraging support to improve their relationships with their kids, co-parents, and their co-workers. Healthy Relationships California (HRC) has received Federal funding to offer life-changing, evidence-based programs at no charge to qualifying participants in California.

The R3 Academy for Dads is a 24-hour course that focuses on:


Interpersonal Relationship Skills


Practical Parenting Practices


Household Finances

The R3 Academy for Dads is only available for California residents.


What to Expect


Top-Notch Instruction

Our qualified and experienced instructors receive high marks for their engaging teaching styles.

Highly Effective Curricula

Research has repeatedly shown our programs help participants meaningfully and effectively engage in and improve their relationships.

Easy-to-Use Skills

Practical skills to take from the “classroom” and use in the family room.

Experiential Learning

Course combines group discussions, one-on-one and small group exercises, interactive lectures, and high-quality videos.

Ongoing Support

Our R3 Academy Coaches check in by phone throughout the course to offer support.

High-Quality Products

Participants receive course materials and R3 Academy swag, including an R3 Academy polo shirt.

No-Cost Experience

For qualifying participants, the course, the materials, and the products are fully paid for by a Federal grant.


Three Format Options

Choose the course format that works best for you. All three formats provide 24 hours of Relationship Education focused on concrete, proven skills. All participants receive workbooks and other course materials via mail.

Livestream Course

Participate from the comfort of your home while still benefiting from group support. Attend the R3 Academy for Dads each week via Zoom along with other participants motivated to improve their relationships.

On-Demand Course

The on-demand format is perfect for dads who want to complete the R3 Academy for Dads on their own schedule. Once you start, each session will be unlocked every week, allowing you to complete the session anytime over the next seven days, in one or multiple sittings.

Live Course

Attend the R3 Academy for Dads live and in person with other fathers in a traditional class setting.


Upcoming Course Schedule

Livestream: Zoom

Dates: Sep. 14 – Nov. 30
Time: Wednesdays 6p-8p
Begin Enroll by: Sep. 4

Live: In-Person

City: Hayward
Dates: Sep. 6 – Nov 22
Time: Tuesdays 6p-8p
Begin Enroll By: Aug. 26
City: Hayward
Dates: Sep. 8 – Dec. 1
Time: Thursdays 6p-8p
Begin Enroll By: Aug. 29

Online: On-Demand

Dates: Aug. 10 – Nov. 2
Time: New Content Every Wednesday
Start Enrollment By: Aug. 1
Dates: Aug. 17 – Nov. 9
Time: New Content Every Wednesday
Start Enrollment By: Aug. 7
Dates: Aug. 24 – Nov. 16
Time: New Content Every Wednesday
Start Enrollment By: Aug. 14

Enroll Today!

R3 Academy courses are available for free to Californian dads. To attend, fathers will need to complete the multi-step enrollment process, which includes online forms and phone calls with an R3 Academy Participant Representative. Application process must be completed 10 days prior to start date of the course.


What Participants Say

“I thought my family was over. I learned skills that helped me work through the issues I had with the kids and even my wife. We have had a number of breakthroughs and our family is back on track.”


“Things were slipping with all aspects of my family relationships. I was acting like my father did and was afraid things would never recover. Now, thanks to the R3 Academy Dads program, my relationship with the kids is better than ever!”



Frequently Asked Questions

What's the cost for this program?

The R3 Academy is available for FREE to adult fathers (18+ years old) residing in California.

How long is the course?
The R3 Academy is a 24-hour program. Livestream courses meet in two-hour sessions, typically once a week for 12 weeks. Live courses can be either two-hour weekly sessions for 12 weeks or four-hour weekly sessions for six weeks. The On-Demand learning method delivers a two-hour session to your Inbox each week, which you can complete at any time during the following seven days.
What are the steps to enrolling?
To attend for free, applicants must complete a process required by HRC’s funding guidelines. The first step is completing the Eligibility Survey [make this a live link]. Once your eligibility is verified, you will be contacted by an R3 Academy Participant Representative to complete additional forms, including two surveys that will be used to conduct valuable research into the importance of Relationship Education programs.
How will I be contacted by the R3 Academy team?
Participants attending a free R3 Academy course will receive phone calls, texts, and emails from an R3 Academy Participant Representative and an R3 Academy Coach throughout the program. Participant Reps guide applicants through the application process and send weekly class reminders. Coaches offer additional support and resources. Course materials will be shipped to participants via USPS or another common carrier.
What if I miss a Live or Livestream class?
Attendance at the first session of any Live or Livestream R3 Academy is mandatory. If you are not able to attend the first session, we can transfer you to a future R3 Academy series or you can opt for the On-Demand format.

After the first class, you can make-up up to two sessions by watching a video presentation of the material you missed. These make-up videos will count toward your overall attendance, and can help you earn the incentives for attending at least 90% of the program.

The R3 Academy Customer Service Line is available 24/7. Leave a message at (877) 989-7501 and a R3 Academy representative will respond within 2-business days.
These programs teach valuable relationship skills that have been helpful to many! These programs are not, however, intended for treatment of domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, or other addictions. If you are experiencing any of these in your relationship, we urge you to seek additional support. if you need help with domestic violence:
Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90ZJ0046. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.