This work is building on the Parent Café model developed under the PDG-I. The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) will conduct an additional 140 to 200 Parent Cafés. In light of COVID-19, the CCRC has adapted to a completely virtual Parent Café model, which has enabled them to conduct even more Parent Cafés 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 Cafés 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 Cafés and create a robust and engaging parent network. The purpose of Parent Café 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 Cafés 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.