Background: Paternal involvement in the lives of their children has a positive influence on child and family outcomes, including breastfeeding rates, sleep training, nutrition and exercise, and developmental outcomes. Much of the research on paternal involvement, however, focuses on Caucasian fathers of middle and high socioeconomic status (SES). Within an urban, primarily Latino, lower SES community, we seek to involve and empower fathers through education on common child rearing topics. Methods: Fathers were recruited through collaboration with El Nido, a local community organization focused on the development and growth of babies and toddlers. Incentives included MetroCards and age-appropriate toys and gifts. We assessed the needs and interests of the fathers through a focus group and then held two one and a half hour, interactive sessions facilitated by El Nido staff and pediatricians within the community. The following topics were discussed based on focus group interests: nutrition, sleep, development, vaccinations, cold and fever. Demographic data was collected as well as pre-session and post-session surveys including: (1) a 10-question survey of content questions covering topics discussed in the sessions and (2) 5-point Likert scales of knowledge, confidence and perceived usefulness of the intervention. Surveys were translated into Spanish and discussions were held in Spanish with the help of an interpreter. Statistics included paired t-tests for normally distributed data and Wilcoxon signed rank for non-normal distributed data. Results: Eight fathers attended a total of two sessions. All fathers were of Latino ethnicity and all spoke either Spanish or English and Spanish in their homes. Five fathers had Medicaid insurance (63%) for their children. The median age of their children was 23 months. Correct responses to 10-question knowledge questionnaire increased from 66% to 85% (p < 0.05, CI 73-96%). Self-reported confidence in caring for their child and subjective knowledge in child rearing on the 5-point Likert scale increased from mean 3.75 to 4.38 and 3.88 to 4.38, respectively (p = 0.13). Following the intervention, 75% of fathers reported understanding the discussions and the same number also reported interest in participating in the classes. Conclusion: This project showed improvement in the knowledge and confidence of fathers participating in this short-term, educational pilot study on common child rearing topics of toddlers. However, the study was limited by small sample size. Further work may include longer-term interventions assessing behavior change. Additional work is also necessary to establish meaningful ways of engaging Latino fathers in the care of their children which may result in healthier outcomes for babies and toddlers. Project supported by funding from a Community Access to Child Health Resident Grant.