This work is building on the Parent Cafe model developed under the PDG-I. The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) will conduct an additional 140 to 200 Parent Cafes. In light of COVID-19, the CCRC has adapted to a completely virtual Parent Cafe model, which has enabled them to conduct even more Parent Cafes than initially envisioned. This work will give us the opportunity to begin strengthening engagement with vulnerable families.
With PDG-I funding, the state established Parent Cafes as a two-generational approach to provide parents with information to support responsive parent-child relationships and build knowledge of developmental milestones and protective factors.
The state will use PDG-R funds to expand Parent Cafes and create a robust and engaging parent network. The purpose of Parent Cafe expansion is to begin strengthening engagement with vulnerable families such as language learners, parents of children with disabilities, parents of rural and tribal families, families experiencing trauma, etc. Through these Parent Cafes and through these spaces, the Child Care Resource Center will conduct enhanced connections to not only support child care services but also other family support services.