Thanks to all who joined us at the game. We hope to see you again next year!
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m.

Lake Calhoun Event Center
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, and board members. A free continental breakfast will be provided.
  • To reserve your seat, please RSVP by September 27th!
Questions? Contact Kate Bailey at or
 651-523-0099 ext. 118
Training Series
August 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

August 27, 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

September 10, 2019 
9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
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.
The Paradox of Postpartum Depression
By Rachel Blustain

“I was ashamed,” she said, “and I was afraid they’d say that I’m crazy and take my child. I think it’s a realistic fear. In low-income communities and in Black and Brown communities, you just sit in it and you deal with it as long as possible. You just do the best you can.”
Are Old School Print Books Better Than E-Books?
By Child Trends

"If parents use e-books with young children, treat the tablet like a print book. Ask kids questions about the story. Have a back and forth conversation. These are strategies that help build early literacy skills."
Tips to Build Screen Sense
By Child Trends

" Share stories through the screen. Limit your screen time during one-on-one time with your child. Put your phone on silent or do not disturb. Also turn off the television when no one is watching."