What’s Happening at Family Connections!

As a valuable member/supporter of the Family Connections organization, we wanted to share an important update regarding the space in our Coventry location.  Due to COVID-19, Family Connections is winding down our operations in the Coventry Building earlier than the initially announced date of 12/31/20.   As you know, we have had to close our family playroom and large motor room due to COVID-19 and do not expect to be able to resume in-person contact this fall. We have made this choice given our inability to host families according to the newest/latest guidelines.

As we have said before, our commitment to programming in Cleveland Heights-University Heights remains as strong as ever.   We have moved our services to virtual platforms where possible; and those include Baby & Me, Music with Marisa, SPARK home visiting services and Family School Connection programming.   When it is safe to resume in-person, indoor family gatherings, we will reopen Little Heights for expanded hours and days of the week.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Family Connections Board of Directors


Thanks to all who participated in our DadsDay Club & Virtual Run!

The run took place Sunday, June 21 thru Sunday, June 28, and ANYONE (not just dad’s) walked, ran or strolled. All participants received an event t-shirt and a Ben & Jerry’s FREE SCOOP COUPON!

The club participants put in the miles to stay healthy and fit leading up to DADSDAY weekend! They accepted our challenge to run (or walk) and raised pivotal funds for Family Connections, whose service to families with young children is needed now more than ever.

Children, friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members were recruited as we came together while keeping our distance—with the same shared mission, but in a way unlike any of our previous 17 years supporting this great cause.

It’s not too late to donate!

All proceeds to benefit Family Connections!




A Message from Family Connections of Northeast Ohio

Family Connections of Northeast Ohio condemns the senseless, violent death  of George Floyd.  We decry the legacy and ongoing dynamic of racial hatred that continues to shape our nation.  The mission of Family Connections of Northeast Ohio is to engage families with young children to nurture social connections, enhance child development and improve school readiness.   We do everything we can to build, support and encourage healthy families.   This task is complicated, though, by the violence and racism that Black families and people of color have long endured.   Current events bring into sharper focus the need for the work we do.  We recognize that these events take an incalculable toll on the families we work with.

Our work – strengthening families with young children – is guided by the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support that include the concept of racial equity and diversity.  We strive to support families so that they grow with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to have a head start on pursuing their own goals.  We believe that healthy families are the building blocks of productive communities, and ultimately a strong nation, but that this cannot be achieved without addressing and dismantling racism.  That is why we are committed to working together with our Board of Directors, staff and valued community partners, to look within and without to end systemic racism.


Andrew Bouthiliet, Board President and Joanne Federman, Executive Director


Although we cannot see, support or play with you in person we have
been creating ways to stay in touch with you.

  • On our Facebook page look for helpful links, glimpses of fun reminders of our playrooms, watch live or recorded sessions of Music with Marisa or catch one of our SPARK Parent Partners read a story.
  • Join a Baby & Me session via zoom (for families with babies 0 – 12 months.)  Wednesday mornings, 10 – 12 at: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/394601711
  • Our Family School Connection Liaisons are busy connecting with the kindergarten families.
  • Our SPARK Parent Partners have been providing kits to the families they serve.