Our Parent Cafes Started October 3rd and will continue till the end of December. Some of you may be wondering what a Parent Cafes is and what to expect. Parent Cafes are a great way for parents to network with other parents and have meaningful, guided conversations about what matters most, our families and how to make them stronger! The Cafes are based on the Five Protective Factors. These Five Protective Factors are Social Connections, Parental Resilience, Concrete Support in Times of Need, Social and Emotional Competence of Children, and Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development. Studies have shown that when these Five Protective Factors are strong so are the families.
Parenting can be overwhelming and hard sometimes, parents are not alone and shouldn’t feel alone. The Cafes are a great reminder of that and a great way for parents to connect with other parents.
When attending a Parent Cafes, parents will find a very laid-back atmosphere, with refreshments and snacks to keep them comfortable. Free childcare is available and kids will have fun making crafts, coloring, and socializing with other children.
We are offering two a month, one in the morning at 10:30 am and another in the evening at 6:30 pm. Belinda Burciaga will facilitating the Cafes and can do so in both Spanish and an English.
The Parent Cafes are being funding by a special grant for a short time. This grant is allowing us to have a bilingual facilitator, this helps us reach those we may be missing due to language barriers. The funding is also allowing us to provide refreshments, food, childcare and 20 amazing gift baskets as giveaways for each cafes.
The cafes are located at the Family Worship Center on Maple Ave. in Adrian. They have been gracious enough to provide the location for free. Their support in the community is exactly what helps build concrete support in times of need.
If the Parent Cafes are successful, we would love to continue to offer them to Lenawee County families. We know that if you try it once, you will want to attend more. We encourage you to come to our next café on October 24th at 6:30pm
Here is the list of all dates and times
October 24th at 6:30pm
November 7th at 10:30am
November 28th at 6:30pm
December 5th at 10:30am
December 19th at 6:30pm
Sarah Meikle is a Parent Liaison for Lenawee Great Start. She was raised in Adrian where she attended Madison Schools. She now resides in Tecumseh with her husband Andrew and two children, Camden and Kaylee.