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.

parent cafés are now virtual

In July of 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to be physically distanced, MFN began offering Parent Cafés virtually. The transition to Virtual Parent Cafés was thoughtfully designed to re-create the important elements of a Parent Café, while allowing people to be safe and maintain physical distance.

If you interested in learning more about Virtual Parent Cafés or attending Virtual Parent Café Training Sessions, you may register for upcoming sessions below:

Virtual Parent Cafés - These two-hour, structured get-togethers 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. Offered virtually through Zoom, Virtual Parent Cafés also provide opportunities for parent engagement and parent leadership.

Strengthening Families Maryland Virtual Parent Café – Wednesday, April 14 from 3 – 5 PM

Strengthening Families Maryland Virtual Parent Café – Monday, April 26 from 6 – 8 PM

Strengthening Families Maryland Virtual Parent Café – Wednesday, May 12 from 2 – 4 PM

Strengthening Families Maryland Virtual Parent Café – Tuesday, May 25 from 6 – 8 PM

Strengthening Families Maryland Virtual Parent Café – Wednesday, June 9 from 6 – 8 pm

Strengthening Families Maryland Virtual Parent Café – Monday, June 21 from 3 – 5 pm

Virtual Parent Café (VPC) Practice Sessions – This training is designed for individuals who have been trained in-person as either a Parent Café Facilitator or Table Host. During the session, you will learn the roles and responsibilities of a Room Host (new name for Table Hosts in the virtual setting) at a Virtual Parent Café and practice Room Hosting, including sharing your screen in Zoom. In order to be eligible to attend this training, you first need to attend a Virtual Parent Café as a guest.

Practice Session – Wednesday, April 28 from 1 – 3 PM

Practice Session – Thursday, June 3 from 2 – 4 pm

Room Host Training – This training is designed for individuals who would like to become a Virtual Parent Café Room Host but have never been trained to table host at an in-person Parent Café. Room Hosts need to be great listeners, comfortable with technology, sensitive and supportive, and able to commit the time necessary to room host.

This training includes an Online Module (45 minutes) you can do at your convenience before the live Room Host Training. The zoom registration is for the live training. You will be sent an email invitation to take the Online Module two weeks before your live training session.

During this training, you will learn the roles and responsibilities of a room host during a Virtual Parent Café and have time to practice. This training requires full participation and should be joined using a laptop or desktop computer (not a tablet or phone). In order to be eligible to attend this training, you first need to attend a Virtual Parent Café as a guest.

Room Host Training – Monday, May 17 from 1 – 3 PM 

Room Host Training – Wednesday, June 23 from 1 – 3 pm

Tech Boot Camp! - This training is for Virtual Parent Cafe Facilitators and team members who will be managing technology (Zoom or other virtual meeting platform) during Virtual Parent Cafes. Zoom is the virtual meeting platform discussed in this training.

Organizations using another virtual meeting platforms will gain valuable information about technical considerations to help them host a successful VPC. This training requires full participation and should be joined using a laptop or desktop computer (not a tablet or phone). In order to attend you need to first attend a Virtual Parent Café as a guest or enroll in the Virtual Parent Cafe Overview.

Tech Boot Camp! – Thursday, April 15 from 1- 3 PM

Tech Boot Camp! – Friday, May 20 from 1 – 3 PM

Tech Boot Camp! – Thursday, June 17 from 1 – 3 pm

Virtual Parent Café Overview - This is a recorded training that is available to individuals who are interested in seeing how the in-person Parent Café has been adapted to the virtual world. If you would like to be enrolled in this recorded training please email Gail Guillard and request to be enrolled.