Community Cafés are connected series of conversations among parents and other community members designed to spark relationships and leadership to strengthen families. Parents choose conversation topics and host the Cafés with the support of neighborhood schools and local organizations. The Café conversations identify actions for positive changes in families, neighborhoods, and the community.
Each Café is a space where parents and community partners explore what is most important to them, express their concerns, and share heartfelt dreams. Overall, the result is new partnerships and other means for parents to strengthen themselves, their families, and their neighborhoods.
The Community Café approach began in Washington State and is being successfully implemented in over 20 states. Café hosts have partnered with early childhood and school systems, family support centers, other organizations or agencies serving families, businesses and places of worship to address critical and emergent issues.
Since 2014, the Community Café Collaborative has been working with families and community partners in Nebraska. Their Cafés have been supported by the Department of Health and Human Services Nebraska, the Nebraska Child Abuse Prevention Fund Board and Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved with a local Community Cafe.