What’s Happening at Family Connections!

A Message from Family Connections:

We wanted you, as an important Family Connections’ stakeholder, to be aware of an important development in our operations as we look to deepen our impact, grow our programs, expand our geographic reach and ensure financial sustainability.  In order to secure a sustainable financial future and meet the needs of families, we are expanding our footprint in Cleveland while continuing our commitment to the Heights.
New Headquarters in the City of Cleveland
We are consolidating our two offices into one centralized location in Cleveland, because we believe this will place our full focus on delivering programs, rather than on the time-consuming responsibilities of building management. As part of our Strategic Plan, we have continued on our track to re-locate and centralize our office headquarters in the City of Cleveland.  Our year-long search for a new home has ended, and we have chosen the Shaker West Professional Building on Shaker Blvd, between E. 121 st and E. 116 th St. We will re-locate our administrative offices as of January 1, 2021.
Historically, we have been based in Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights.  We have served as building manager for the City-owned Shaker Family Center in Shaker Heights. We have also been a tenant in the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. campus in Cleveland Heights.  We have vacated the Coventry location this fall but will remain in the Shaker Family Center until our lease with the City of Shaker Heights expires on 12/31/20.
Continuing Commitments to Cleveland Heights-University Heights and to Shaker Heights
Although we will be relocating our headquarters to the City of Cleveland, our presence in the Heights will remain robust.  When COVID-19 lessens and we deem it safe to start in-person contact, our playrooms in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights and Shaker Heights Libraries will have expanded days and hours. We will continue to provide the SPARK and Family School Connection programs as well as host Parent Cafés.  We will continue to partner with the Shaker and CH-UH schools, libraries, cities and community organizations to strengthen families and support the development of both parents and their young children as they navigate the path to school readiness.
Our Future
Our Strategic Plan has provided us with a roadmap to focus our resources on programming and provide our full continuum of programs for cradle through early school-age children and their families in the city and inner ring suburban neighborhoods where we currently offer only one program.
Your support has made it possible for us to bring Family Connections into the homes and communities of more families.  If you have questions or comments, please know you will have our full attention.
 Thank you for your continued interest and support as we evolve and take this next critical step.

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Family Connections has decided to temporarily suspend our in person

“I Spy Stroller Walks” due to the announcement that the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have issued a stay-at-home advisory starting Wednesday, November 18 and ending on December 17 in an attempt to curb the skyrocketing spread of COVID-19 in the area. The advisory states that residents are asked to only leave their homes for essential trips, such as work, school, and to purchase groceries or medical supplies.

We have enjoyed spending some leisurely time visiting with all of you as we strolled through the neighborhood but feel it is in the best interest of our families and staff that we take another break.

But please join us, from the safety of your home, for Music with Marisa on Zoom!

The sessions are interactive, stimulating, fun and free and they run three times a week.

For more Music with Marisa information and to register please email us at ebarrett@familyconnections1.org

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.