Maryland Family Network (MFN) is the state’s coordinator of Strengthening Families Maryland, an effort to promote practices that ensure that children and families thrive and to build protective factors that help reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. MFN focuses on families raising children from birth to kindergarten. There are Strengthening Families initiatives in most states in the country and in other countries throughout the world. Researched and developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy over the last two decades, Strengthening Families is a research informed framework built on the five protective factors necessary to ensure the children grow up safe, healthy and happy. These factors are:

  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Social and Emotional Competence of Children

MFN provides training, capacity building, and other quality assurance services related to promoting the development of the protective factors in homes and early care and education settings. For more information about the Strengthening Families Approach, visit the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s website.

Parent Cafés

One of the ways MFN helps parents and other caregivers learn about the protective factors is through Parent Cafés. These are two-hour, structured get-togethers that engage parents and other adults in meaningful conversations about what matters most to families with young children and how to build protective factors at home and in early childhood settings. At Parent Cafés, those who care for young children share information and ideas that can help them to take care of themselves, develop strong relationships with children, and strengthen families. MFN provides Parent Café Facilitator training for representatives from organizations interested in offering Parent Cafés. For more information about Parent Cafés and Parent Café Facilitator training, contact Gail Guillard.


Register for Upcoming Parent Cafés and Related Trainings


Click on the links below to register. Many of these trainings have specific requirements and prerequisites. Please read the following Parent Café registration information before registering.

 

January

A Strengthening Families Maryland Virtual Parent Café  - 1PM - 3PM January 15, 2021

Room Host Training - 2PM - 4PM January 21, 2021

Tech Boot Camp 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM January 27, 2021

February

A Strengthening Families Maryland Virtual Parent Café - 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM February 2, 2021

A Parent Cafe Practice Session - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM February 11, 2021

Tech Boot Camp - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM February 16, 2021

A Strengthening Families Maryland Virtual Parent Café - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM February 22, 2021

Room Host Training - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM February 24, 2021

March

A Strengthening Families Maryland Virtual Parent Café - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM March 10, 2021

Room Host Training - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM March 15, 2021

A Strengthening Families Maryland Virtual Parent Café - 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM March 22, 2021

Tech Boot Camp - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM March 26, 2021