Additional Resources

Parent Cafes

Parent Cafes allow parents and caregivers to come together to talk about the struggles and the joys of parenting. Parent Cafes are question led conversations based around the 5 Protective Factors – opposite of a risk factor, that allows us to look at the positives in a child/families life rather than the negative.

The Five Protective Factors include:

  • Parent Resilience: To be strong and flexible, be able to hand challenges, recover and grow from the experience.
  • Positive Social Connections / Relationships: A network of people who care, listen and share parenting values/help.
  • Knowledge of Parent & Child Development: Being a parent is part natural and part learned. Children don’t come with a manual – we need to have tools in our parent toolbox.
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need: Everyone needs help sometimes
  • Social/Emotional Competence of Children: Help children communicating. Dealing with conflict, making friends, expressing emotions in a positive way.

Research from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and Strengthening Families™ of Illinois shows that when Protective Factors are present in a family, a family is stronger and children are safer. Through Parent Cafés, parents are working to build these Protective Factors in their families.

Supporting Families Together Association

SFTA is Wisconsin’s statewide member association for organizations and individuals committed to making every early childhood a great one. SFTA does this through services and supports including:

  • Program Management
  • Quality Assurance and Improvement
  • Organizational Development
  • Systems Building
  • Professional Development and Networking

What are SFTA’s Priorities?

  • Quality Early Care and Education: SFTA is committed to working with our community-based organizations to advocate, educate and build Wisconsin’s capacity to deliver high quality early care and education experiences to all of Wisconsin’s children.
  • Healthy Children: SFTA is actively engaged in a broad range of prevention and health promotion efforts that are designed to create better health outcomes for all of Wisconsin’s children.
  • Strong Families: SFTA provides concrete support to families in a strength-based and evidence-informed way.
  • Responsive Systems: SFTA builds systems and supports to early childhood that result in opportunities for all children to reach their highest potential.

What is SFTA’s Role in YoungStar?

SFTA’s purpose is to optimize the developmental window of opportunity that early childhood presents for building a strong foundation for life. YoungStar plays a big part in how SFTA works to achieve this. SFTA has been with YoungStar since the beginning. Currently, SFTA administers YoungStar micro-grants and completes formal ratings. We subcontract with Wisconsin’s 10 Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies for all technical consultation services.

Want to Know More About SFTA?
Speak with an SFTA staff member at 1 (888) 713.KIDS (5437) or visit SFTA’s website for more information.

Resources to Support Refugee & Immigrant Families
  • This regularly updated list of trainings, primarily focused on early educators, offers various trainings on topics such as resiliency, cultural competency and trauma-informed care, that would be helpful in supporting immigrant and refugee children and families.
  • SFTA Newsletter (Issue 25), see pages 7-9: Supporting Refugee & Immigrant Families
  • Department of Children & Families, Refugee Resources: This webpage offers Wisconsin-specific and national links to resources, programs and agencies supporting refugee children and families.
  • Department of Health Services, Trauma-Informed Care Resources: These resources will help you to build a foundation of understanding and knowledge to implement trauma-informed care in your work.
Tribal Information

Wisconsin is home to eleven federally recognized tribes each with a unique history and culture. On the DCF Tribal Affairs webpage you will find links to each tribe as well as inter-tribal organizations and initiatives. View the Tribal Events Calendar.