MCCC has been selected to receive Health POWER funding from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota!
MCCC was selected to be a part of the Health POWER cohort, along with 15 other organizations. The program recognizes projects that work towards influencing better community health, addressing health inequities, and preparing members in surrounding communities.  Read about the Center for Prevention’s Health POWER program
“These organizations have proposed bold ideas that will promote leadership development, community-led solutions, and collaborations to advance policy, systems and environmental change," says Chris Matter, Senior Program Manager, Community Health and Health Equity at Blue Cross.
A tremendous thank you to the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota for funding MCCC in continuing our work towards health equity and systems of change!
Take a moment to nominate a parent for the Unsung Hero award!
The award ceremony will be held on   February 27, 2020 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm  at  Lake Harriet United Methodist Church  on 4901 Chowen Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55410.
Winter Wednesday Webinar #2
What the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey data reveals about ACEs, Protective Factors and Resilience
Wednesday February 19, noon – 1:30 | With Melissa Adolfson and Jacquie Freund

The data from the spring 2019 Minnesota Student Survey is out and we are excited for a “first look” at what it has to say about ACEs, Protective Factors, and Resilience. We’ll look at what the survey shows about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) facing Minnesota Youth, how the presence of protective factors impacts outcomes often associated with ACEs, and Melissa will share a template she’s developing for a Resilience score.
2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
January 20, 2020 | 7:00–8:30 AM
Each year, the General Mills Foundation and the United Negro College Fund present an annual MLK Holiday Breakfast to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the UNCF MLK Legacy Scholarship. This year's keynote speaker is The Honorable Eric H. Holder Jr., the former Attorney General of the United States and the first African-American to serve in that position.

With the help of countless volunteers, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul hosts breakfasts at multiple neighborhood locations, featuring a livestream of the General Mills event as well as a hot breakfast and local programming.

The event will be available in Minnesota at the following locations: St. Paul, Duluth, Stillwater, Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, and Mahtomedi.

It will also be available in River Falls, WI.

Register for more location details
Online Training Series
January 2020 - March 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.

RSVP to see future dates. CEUs available.
Questions about the Training Series? Contact:
Lisa Deputie
Barb Sorum
Online Training: Establishing a Children’s Group  

January 28, 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. 
Online Training: Introduction Orientation

March 10, 2020
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

Online Training: Facilitation Skills

May 12th, 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. It’s perfect for new facilitators and as a refresher course for current facilitators.
Face to Face: Still Better than Screens for Toddlers?
By Child Trends

" Some parents think of the screen as a temporary babysitter, something that keeps young toddlers fascinated and occupied for a few moments while parents take care of chores. But is your toddler really learning from on-screen characters? "
Mindfulness May Reduce Stress for Students of Color
By B Grace Bullock PhD

"Racism on college campuses received increasing attention in recent years.  Studies  show that students of color often feel the effects of race-related stress the most, with many experiencing depression and anxiety as well as difficulties keeping up with their studies."
How Handwriting Stimulates the Brain
By Child Trends

" Today many students have traded pen and paper for a keyboard and screen. But when it comes to taking notes, is typing as effective as old-fashioned writing? It might be more time consuming, but a new study shows writing by hand may offer benefits over typing on a computer."

How to get your child to listen the first time
By Tinybeans Team

"Do you feel like a broken record repeating the same things over and over again to your child? You’re not alone. Getting your child to listen the first time isn’t easy work, but with a few steps, you’ll be on your way to more hugs and less stress."