8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m.

Lake Calhoun Event Center
St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

  • During our Ripples of Hope Fundraising Breakfast, attendees will hear stories from Minnesota Communities Caring for Children’s inspiring parent participants, program partners. A free continental breakfast will be provided.
  • To reserve your seat, please RSVP by September 27th!
Questions? Contact Kate Bailey at kbailey@pcamn.org or
 651-523-0099 ext. 118
Training Series
September 2019 - June 2020

The Minnesota Circle of Parents model is a peer-led, mutual self-help, support group program. At group sessions parents can safely discuss with other parents and caregivers the challenge and success involved in raising children. Implementing a Circle of Parents group increases parent partnership and leadership throughout the community.  Support groups also help create and strengthen prevention initiatives and other local family programs and services.

These trainings are offered online to help reach a wider range of statewide locations and volunteers where they are.   RSVP to see future dates. CEUs available.
Questions about the Training Series? Contact:
Lisa Deputie
Barb Sorum
Circle of Parents: Introduction Orientation

 December 10, 2019 
9:00a.m. to 12:00 noon

This orientation is meant to provide an overview of Circle of Parents to prospective Circle of Parents facilitators and advisory committee members. Topics include:
  • Strategic sharing
  • Advocacy
  • Prevention education
  • Resilience
  • Cultural communication
  • Trauma-informed care

Circle of Parents: Facilitation Skills

January 14th, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Using a combination of hands-on activities, presentation, discussion, resources and stories, this training will give you the basic skills to begin facilitating mutual self-help Circle of Parents groups with confidence. This training builds on the strengths of the past by providing greater opportunity to practice skills, increase knowledge of how groups work and become even more grounded in the values of mutual self-help, shared leadership and family support.   Protective factors are supported naturally through co-learning and empowered leadership. It’s perfect for new facilitators and as a refresher course for current facilitators.
Circle of Parents: Establishing a Children’s Group  

September 24, 2019 
9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
Children’s groups are an integral part of Circle of Parents programming. The goal of the children’s group is to provide developmentally appropriate, skill building activities that will increase children’s confidence and self-worth while providing fun and enjoyment. Children’s groups provide an additional incentive for parents to attend Circle of Parents meetings by providing a safe, entertaining, and educational place for their children.
A children’s group helps children build relationships with one another while their parents or caregivers are meeting in a separate group. Volunteers creates many opportunities for children to be nurtured as well as to enhance their self-esteem and further their social skills. Children learn non-violent problem solving through the development of cooperative relationships and practice problem solving and conflict resolution. 
Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
The STAR-Lite Training:
Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and
Resilience in a Single Day
Friday, September 13, 2019
OR Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Minneapolis and Saint Paul locations.

Training objectives of this evidence-based interactive community trauma training:
  • Define the complete spectrum of intersectional psychological trauma and common responses.
  • Learn the links between unhealed trauma and cycles of victimhood and violence.
  • Learn the primary trauma healing and resilience models, concepts, and associated strategies.
  • Explore ways to apply trauma healing, resilience, and restorative justice practices toward building peace within your sphere of influence.
Innovative Research Methods to Advance Precision in Home Visiting
By Lauren H. Supplee and Anne Duggan

"Home visiting during early childhood can improve a range of outcomes for children and families. As evidence‐based models are implemented across the nation, two questions have emerged. First, can home visiting improve outcomes more efficiently? Second, can overall effects be strengthened for specific subgroups of families?"
Child Care Subsidy Stability Literature Review
By Child Trends

"Stability in the use of CCDF subsidies is important, as a break in subsidy receipt or end of a subsidy spell (due to factors such as parental job loss, change in income, or paperwork challenges) can disrupt child care arrangement stability. Recent policy changes to CCDF aim to improve subsidy stability."
School mental health training for teachers leaves room for improvement
By Child Trends

"Mental health is a topic not commonly covered in current teacher trainings. These trainings tend to address classroom management skills and a variety of teacher competencies, with little or no focus on student mental health."
Minnesota students' math and reading scores drop
By Erin Golden and MaryJo Webster

"New data released by state education officials shows little improvement in other measures, including attendance and students' progress over time, although graduation rates are on the rise."