Are the families with whom you work eager to talk with one another about parenting experiences? Is your program seeking meaningful ways to provide opportunities for family members to use their leadership skills and take on leadership roles?
The Be Strong Parent Café Online may be what your organization seeks. The Be Strong Parent Café process was created and developed by Be Strong Families to provide an environment in which family members can build the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors through individual, deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning.
The Be Strong Parent Café Institute Online (PCTI-O) is a three-day experiential and highly interactive institute that prepares a team of family leaders and family support providers, educators, and other professionals to convene and implement online parent cafés.
Each team must have at least four members (no more than six), and it is preferred that teams include both family members and staff. All team members must participate in all three days of the course. Each team will participate in follow-up implementation support from certified instructors.
Two PCTI-O events are scheduled for Dec. 1-3, 2021 and Feb. 23-25, 2022.  This institute certifies teams to implement online cafes ONLY. To implement place-based cafes, an additional course is needed. To apply to attend a PCTI-O please complete and return the Team Application/Readiness Checklist by Nov. 8, 2021. Download the application. If you have any questions about the Be Strong Parent Café model or would like to discuss your readiness to participate, please contact Rijelle Kraft at 717-763-1661, x221 or at

This professional development opportunity is delivered through a partnership among the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning and the PA Strengthening Families Leadership Team and is facilitated by the Center for Schools and Communities.