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Family Café Training

Event Description

Are you interested in improving family engagement at your school or organization?

A Family Café is a great way to bring families together to share information on education, child development, and parenting. This workshop includes an overview of the Family Café approach to family engagement, an opportunity to experience a Family Café, and information needed to plan and fund a successful café.


Family Cafe's are a vehicle for families to have their own conversations about keeping their families strong based on a set of protective factors. Families/parents will engage in conversations as well as participate in group activities to discuss crucial aspects of parenting. It provides a time for self-reflection and to explore different view points.


THIS IS NOT A PARENT TRAINING OR EDUCATION EVENT - this is a curriculum developed by "Strengthening Families" to facilitate families supporting other families based off a set of questions that are used as conversation starters. 


Childcare will be provided as well as food for all participants and their children. 



Sessions / Training Location Info

This workshop takes place on Friday, March 27 from 9am-1pm. 

Breakfast provided.

Bombeck Family Learning Center 941 Alberta St., Dayton, Ohio 45409

Free parking in the Bombeck Center Parking lot.

PAY here to complete registration: 

Session Being Hosted At:
Bombeck Family Learning Center - 941 Alberta St. Dayton Montgomery (directions)


Michelle Donley

Event Information

Contact Hours 4.00
Training approved for OA-L1
Registration deadline Mar 23, 2020
Number of open seats 10
Event Owner University of Dayton - Bombeck Institute
Sponsor Phone (937) 229-2158

Topic Areas

Target Audience Classroom Staff / Teacher,Staff working with children with special needs,Program Administrator,Family Child Care,Parents/guardians
Age Groups related to content Infants,Toddlers,Preschoolers,Schoolagers,Young Adult,Families / Guardians,Foster / Surrogate Parents,Instructor / TA Specialists
Core Knowledge Area N/A
Child Development Associate Area To establish positive and productive relationships with families
Early Learning and Development Standards Social-Emotional Development
Cognitive Development and General Knowledge
Assessment Type None



Participants will learn and gain understanding of the importance of Family Engagement and how a family cafe can better open the dialogue for parents and educators.  


Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility. When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits. Family engagement is NOT an event or a program. It is ongoing and requires establishing and maintaining relationships with families and accomplishing change together. Family engagement is a family-centered and strengths-based approach to making decisions, setting goals, and achieving desired outcomes for children and families. At its best, family engagement encourages and empowers families to be their own champions, working toward their children's success. This includes setting goals, making joint decisions, and working with families to ensure their children's safety, permanency, and well-being. Our mission is to support those who support families. We believe that quality family engagement is a continuous process that supports student learning and success beginning in early childhood and continuing to young adulthood.


Students achieve more, regardless of socio-economic status, ethnic/racial background or the parents' education level.
Students have higher graduation rates & greater enrollment rates in post-secondary education. They develop realistic plans for their future.

Students have higher grades & test scores, better attendance, and complete homework more consistently.
Family participation in education is twice as predictive of student academic success as socio-economical status.
Students of involved parents have fewer behavioral problems. Student behaviors such as alcohol use, violence, & antisocial behavior decrease as parent involvement increases.
Children have better selfesteem, are more selfdisciplined, & show higher aspirations & motivation toward school. Involved parents also help the child's overall social competence.

Children from diverse cultural backgrounds perform better when parents & professionals collaborate.
Family engagement benefits all-children, parents, teachers, schools & the community.
Involved parents create a home environment that encourages learning. Parents who know child development are more positive & affectionate & punish less.


Family Café Overview
a. Why do a Family Café?
b. Meeting Essentials
c. Family Café Philosophy
d. What is a Family Café like?
e. Family Café Must Haves

Core Knowledge Document: Ohio's Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies *REVISED*
Area: Family and Community Relations
Subgroup: Positive Family–Professional Relationships
Competency: 1.2 Defines ways to foster two-way communication with families to support children.

Participants will participate in a Family Cafe to better learn the value in this unique process through the eyes of the parents. 

Participate in a Family Café Session: to better understand a Family Cafe we spend this hour experienceing the Family Cafe Session for ourselves. And then discuss the experience with the class.  

Core Knowledge Document: Ohio's Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies *REVISED*
Area: Family and Community Relations
Subgroup: Supporting Family Connections
Competency: 1.1 Recognizes the value of families networking with each other.

Participants will get step by step instruction on the logostics of planning a family cafe.  

Planning a Family Café- logistics of planning the event while meeting the needs of families.  ALL FAMILIES!

a. Audience and Topics
b. Days and Times
c. Location
d. Leaders
e. Child Care
f. Meals
g. Recruiting and Marketing
h. Printed Materials
i. Other Materials
j. Child Care Supplies
k. Week of the Café
l. Budget Planner

Core Knowledge Document: Ohio's Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies *REVISED*
Area: Family and Community Relations
Subgroup: Supporting Family Connections
Competency: 1.2 Identifies concerns, stressors and potential conflicts that may affect children's families.

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