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Originally presented

on November 12, 2021


Training materials are available on the CalTrin Learning Management System.

*Training certificates are only available following live trainings or completion of self-paced courses. A certificate will not be provided for review of these materials.

Intro to Parent Cafés

This foundational Be Strong Families presentation will cover basic knowledge and skills to bring Parent Cafés to life and thereby to deliver a family support service with parents taking the lead and providers supporting them. Be Strong Families exposes participants to this highly structured, small-group conversation process that promotes peer-to-peer learning and deep self-reflection.

Participants will:

  • Understand the objectives of the Parent Café. 
  • Experience the anatomy of the Parent Café.
  • Understand how the practice of a Parent Café can further deepen parent engagement efforts.

Who should attend: All staff of family resource center (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other family-serving organizations.

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Sarita Sashington

Senior Strategic Manager & Senior Trainer, Be Strong Families

Sarita Sashington has grown with Be Strong Families since 2012 in a variety of capacities. She came to the organization as an expert in parent engagement and has evolved into a master trainer of trainers, a curriculum development specialist, a certified Laugh Yoga instructor, and an engaging  presenter.

Sarita has trained over 1000 people on the BSF Parent Café model, served as a keynote speaker for various family facing organizations, including American Academy of Pediatrics, secured training contracts across the country and built a robust Café Community of Practice.

Sarita believes in nurturing the spirit of family, creating safe spaces for transformational conversations, and the power of cultural humility. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. Sarita is a devout Christian married to Gregory Sashington Sr. and mother of three young adults, (Quanika, Gregory Jr., and Keziah) and Misha (grandmother) to three.