In 2007, the Be Strong Parent Café process was created and developed by Strengthening Families Illinois to educate family members/family leaders on the five research-based Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors that keep children safe and families strong. The purpose of Be Strong Parent Cafés is to provide an environment in which parents and family members can build protective factors through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The model is based on the principles of adult learning and family support and builds family member leadership. Through the efforts of the PA Strengthening Families Leadership Team with funding support from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and facilitated by the Center for Schools and Communities, Pennsylvania has offered the Be Strong Parent Café Training Institutes (PCTI) since 2016 to encourage more communities to use this forum for engage family members.
For more information on scheduling the parent café training, please contact PA-StrengtheningFamilies@csc.csiu.org.
Be Strong Parent Café Training Institute – Online (PCTI-O)
Be Strong Parent Cafés educate parents and caregivers about the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors and create an environment in which parents and caregivers can build protective factors through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning.
The Be Strong Parent Café process was created and developed by Be Strong Families. The purpose of Be Strong Parent Cafés is to provide an environment in which parents and family members can build the protective factors through individual, deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning.
Three PCTI-O events are scheduled to encourage more communities to use this forum for engaging family members in learning more about the five research-based Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors that keep families strong. The Be Strong Parent Café Institute Online (PCTI-O) is a three-day experiential and highly interactive online institute that prepares a team of family leaders and family support providers, educators, and other professionals to convene and implement parent cafés and to serve as café leaders and table hosts. Participants gain an understanding and have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors.
The PCTI-O is designed for team participation. Each team must have at least four members (no more than six), and it is preferred that teams include both family members and staff. All team members must participate in all three days of the course. Each team will participate in follow-up implementation support from certified instructor technical assistants.
There may be a limited number of spots for individuals from existing certified teams to attend. Please contact Rijelle Kraft to determine if your team is eligible to send individuals.
This institute certifies teams to implement online cafes ONLY. To implement place-based cafes, an additional course is needed.