IAN Parent Cafe Sessions

The Illinois AfterSchool Network Parent Café is a place where parents/families of all types gather and share their stories, their experiences, their worries, their fears, their wisdom, and find community and strength together on a topic of conversation. Through open communication, they become places of affirmation where they can learn that they are not alone in their struggles with managing their families and households. Parent Cafes also provide an opportunity to help connect parents to resources to help solve problems they might face.

The goals of the Parent Cafes are as follows:

  • Being more resilient as parents
  • Forging positive social relationships
  • Learning to create concrete support networks
  • Increasing their knowledge of parenting and child/youth development
  • Improving their communication skills

Parent Cafe sessions are offered FREE to all families. During each session, we will have professionals in the field to help parents with questions and share resources.

Our upcoming Parent Cafe sessions are scheduled on the following:


Mental Health Discussion – For Spanish Speaking Parents
Sesion Café de Padres de Ian – Tema: Salud Mental

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 11-12:15 pm

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Healthy Relationships

Saturday, March 13, 2021, 11 -12:15pm

Relationships shape the world around us and determine how we decide to ask for help, learn new things, and support one another. Whether it is with children, youth or other adults, a holistic approach to relationships is something that can lead to healthier decision making and keeping families safe. This Parent Cafe session will center the caregiver to not only create open spaces for young people but also be for questions and discussion around adult relationships and their impact.

Registration Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtd-utqTwjHN0WX_yxpM7wURxwshijf-jt

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