Common Ground’s United Parents group has brought the Parent Café model from Be Strong Families in Illinois to a variety of locations in the Milwaukee area. Cafés allow parents to come together for a meal and small group conversations about some of the joys and challenges of parenting. Their children eat together and are cared for in a nearby room. Based on the Strengthening Families™ approach of the national Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), cafés are designed to empower parents through peer-to-peer interaction and support. The model is rooted in what many people know as the World Café method of fostering dialog within a large group.

The magic of the Café is peer-to-peer learning and deep reflection; there are no “experts” telling parents what they should or should not do.

For more information on United Parents or the Cafés, please contact Jennifer O’Hear.