Bring Parent Cafés to Your Area

Be Strong Families staff and parent leaders have conducted more than 750 parent cafés in Illinois and have trained over 700 people in Illinois and 400 people in other states to conduct parent cafés based on our model (as it has evolved).

If you are delivering parent cafés in your community we would like to hear about it here.  Tell us about your successes, challenges, and ask any questions here. You will get comments from our Be Strong Families team and from other partners across the country that are working to implement parent cafés also.

If you are still considering offering parent cafés, you can also ask your general questions here to solicit a community response.

Contact us at info@bestrongfamilies.net to learn more.

22 thoughts on “Bring Parent Cafés to Your Area

  1. Our Parent Coaltion purchased the Parent Cafe in a Box two years ago. Does the one for sale on your website include the same questions, or has this been updated? Thank you.

    • Hi there,

      Thank you for your message.You are probably thinking about Café Talk which was a similar resource that was out a couple of years ago. That resource is no longer available, but we developed Parent Café in a Box which is available through Be Strong Families. Fundamentally, they are very similar here are some of the differences:
      1) Café Talk – addressed the 6th Protective Factor that Illinois added on the Parent Child Relationship. Parent Café in a Box is strictly based on the 5 PFs identified by the Center for the Study of Social Policy

      2) Parent Café in a Box has more questions and a different layout – there are 5 questions per card, so it’s not as cumbersome to carry / store.

      3) PC in a Box has an updated Users manual

      4) Both are in Spanish

      Parent Café in a Box is $25 plus shipping / handling. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

      Thank you for your support!

      Sincerely,

      Guy

  2. We are currently writing a grant, possibly incorporating the Parent Cafe model. We do have many questions though if you might be able to help answer:

    1) How many sessions does the Parent Cafe include? Are parents expected to attend all sessions?

    2) How many parents are ideal to host for Parent Cafes

    3) What costs can be expected with each session?

    4) How many facilitators are recommended?

    Thank you for any help with answering these questions! We are on a tight deadline so if these questions can be addressed soon we would appreciate it!

    Meg Ladd, M.Ed.
    MU ParentLink Associate Director
    573-884-4382
    laddm@missouri.edu

  3. Similar to above we too are writing a grant to utilize Parent Cafe model. We do have many questions though if you might be able to help answer:

    1) How many sessions does the Parent Cafe include? Are parents expected to attend all sessions?

    2) How many parents are ideal to host for Parent Cafes

    3) What costs can be expected with each session?

    4) How many facilitators are recommended?

    Thank you for any help with answering these questions! We are on a tight deadline so if these questions can be addressed soon we would appreciate it!

  4. This sounds like a wonderful program. I too would like to know the answers to the 4 questions asked above by Meg Ladd and Amanda Jalensky.

    Thank you!

  5. I was trained in the Parent Cafe model 3 years ago through my work with Georgia Family Connection Partnership, and I have had the privilege of seeing it equip and strengthen families time and time again. I have also had the honor of training multiple community leaders who then used it to equip parents in many different walks of life, and now I am traveling throughout the United States in ministry, hoping to use my training in the Parent Cafe model to equip parents throughout the nation to strengthen their families. I wanted to take this time to thank you for making this model available to communities throughout the nation. It is making an impact in Georgia’s families, as I know it will in so many other places.

  6. I purchase a PC Box and some how the guidebook got separated from the box. Is there a way to get another guidebook.

  7. I’m having an issue explaining what a Parent Cafe is to parents that are not sure what protective factors are, until we explain them, and realize they do use them. I am very excited about Parent Cafe’s and want everyone there, and because of the excitement the parents are interested until I explain what the Parent Cafe is. (Is bringing the community’s parents together to build on their protective factors, promote self-reflection and have peer to peer learning). Do you have any suggestions?

  8. Me parece un buen material para implementar en nuestro ambiente de trabajo dado que nos relaciionamos con los ninos y con los padres y si nuestro objetivo es involucrar a los padres en las actividades de sus hijos Parent Cafe nos da ideas buenisimas de como lograrlas.

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