From Deborah Alleyne, M.S., Early Childhood/Child Welfare Specialist
DCRC is committed to promoting partnerships between the most important adults in a child’s life, namely, parents (and other family members) and teachers. Our website offers a number of free resources that support these valuable partnerships. Click here to learn more!
Having worked in settings that support parents for a number of years, I often reflect back to the experiences that offered parents the opportunity to share their life experiences with each other and provide friendship and support to each other. These experiences always left me feeling a renewed sense of hope for parents who are struggling with many everyday challenges. The power of parents connecting with each other is truly an amazing thing to see and experience!
I recently learned about an exciting model developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Strengthening Families Initiative called Parent Cafes. The purpose of these informal yet structured get-togethers for families is to provide the opportunity for parents/caregivers to share and discuss their experiences related to the protective factors in their lives. Conversations are facilitated by a professional or parent and are focused on strengths and challenges faced by families in their daily lives. Click here to learn more about Parent Cafes.
One of the family protective factors that is frequently a topic of discussion at the cafes is the resilience of parents. Parenting is a difficult job and depends upon the social and emotional well-being of the parent themselves. DCRC refers to our work around adult resilience as Building Your Bounce, and offer several resources and professional development opportunities to support this initiative. Click here to learn more about our adult resilience resources. The resilience of parents is also a key component of DCRC’s parenting curriculum, Your Journey Together. Click here to learn more!
Providing the opportunity for parents to get together to share their joys, fears, dreams, challenges and strengths can go a long way in supporting your educational goals and dreams for the young children you serve!