(Rochelle, IL) The Community That CARES Project (CTC), in partnership with the Rochelle Elementary School District and the Hub Afterschool Project, will offer a series of Parent Cafés in September, October and November at the New Lincoln Elementary School in Rochelle, 1450 20th Street.
“Parent Cafés offer parents an exciting, empowering, and supportive experience that is shared with other parents,” says Tammy Wolf, CTC Parent and Family Coordinator. “Participants are allowed to speak with no others interrupting, in a non-judgmental atmosphere, and are able to interact and learn from one another. This is not an event where we are telling parents what they should and shouldn’t do, this is an event where they learn from one another’s shared experiences.”
“CTC has offered a number of very well attended and very successful Parent Cafés in Whiteside County, and now we are bringing that benefit to parents in Ogle County,” adds Wolf.
Here is what a parent had to say after attending a café in their area: “The café was fun and exciting! It helps to know that other parents are going through the same things and that they understand my feelings without any judgment.”
Strengthening Families Illinois, who helped to develop parent cafés in Illinois, puts it this way: “Parent Cafés are a vehicle for parents to have their own conversations about keeping their families strong based on a set of Protective Factors that help to build and maintain healthy families.”
Three evening café will be offered with the following themes and on the following dates and times:
- September 27, 2013 5:00 – 6:30 pm Take Care of Yourself
- October 18, 2013 5:00 – 6:30 pm Be a Strong Parent
- November 15, 2013 5:00 – 6:30 pm Build a Strong Relationship with Your Child.
A family meal will be shared and the children will be supervised by the Enrichment staff of the Hub project while the parents enjoy café conversations discussing questions that matter to them about the responsibilities of parenting children today.
Please RSVP by calling Idalia Marin, Rochelle Schools at 815-562-4520 or 815-603-4860.
In addition to the dates above, the Community That CARES Project has also partnered with the Rochelle Elementary School District and the Bilingual Parent Advisory Council to offer a series of Parent Cafés in Spanish with the same themes as the English language versions which will be also held at the New Lincoln Elementary School in Rochelle, 1450 20th Street.
Spanish Language Parent Cafés
- September 26, 2013 6:00 – 7:30 pm Take Care of Yourself
- October 10, 2013 6:00 – 7:30 pm Be a Strong Parent
- November 14, 2013 6:00 – 7:30 pm Build a Strong Relationship with Your Child.
The Spanish language cafes follow the same structure; a family meal to be shared and the children to be supervised by the Enrichment staff of the Hub project while the parents enjoy café conversations in Spanish discussing questions that matter to them about the responsibilities of parenting children today.
The Community That Cares project is a partnership of over 60 child and family serving agencies in Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties and is funded, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation.
For the Spanish Language Parent Cafés, please also RSVP by calling Idalia Marin, Rochelle Schools at 815-562-4520 or 815-603-4860.
For more information about the Community That Cares Project, contact Project Coordinator Amy Adams at 815-625-0013.