From Lori’s Laptop – April 2017

April is Child Abuse Awareness month and I can’t think of a better way to start April than to announce that we are holding our very first Community Café. This Café is for parents and is the first in a series of guided conversations based on the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework. It involves leadership and parents partnering in conversations that are meaningful and supportive.

We know that all parents need support, connections and information about child development in order to build on their family strengths and to raise a happy and healthy family. Community Cafes provide the opportunity to simply talk in a safe environment where there are no “experts” per se, but conversations that allow parents to reach out for help and support.

Parenting can be lonely. Parenting can be hard. Knowing you’re not alone is important and building a community of parents is key to building strong families and providing connections.

Our first Community Café: Building a Strong Relationship With Your Child is being held on Thursday, April 27th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with childcare and a meal provided. It is being held at the Marian Pritchett campus and Giraffe Laugh 3 located at 1617 No. 24th Street. Please let your site director know or email us at the main office if you’d like to participate in this momentous event. Email Simone Olive at ALL parents, past and present and their friends are welcome.

We are so excited to be holding a Café for our parents and if you’d like to help as a table host or as a childcare provider, or bringing a meal, please let us know! You can volunteer by emailing Kat Davis at

Let’s keep kids safe and empower our parents this special month of April.

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