DadsDay Run, Virtual Style, is back again!

DadsDay Run is an important event for Family Connections and we intend to continue this annual community tradition with a virtual run! This fundraiser provides significant financial support to allow us to continue to provide programs and services to families raising young children.

The pandemic has challenged parents more than ever, as they balance work with childcare and school commitments, oftentimes from homes that are lacking the technological capacity to meet those needs. Family Connections has continued to provide the many programs we offer to the families that we serve, thanks to the generous support of our donors. So we are counting on you to join us for our Virtual 19th Annual DadsdsDay Run!

Click here to WALK RUN OR STROLL for Family Connections!

A Message from Family Connections:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  On the Move: Family Connections Headquarters Has Moved to Cleveland

February 1, 2021, Cleveland, OH — The start of a new year has brought an exciting move for Family Connections of Northeast Ohio, a local nonprofit focused on building strong families through early literacy, parenting support and school readiness services.

At the beginning of January, in order to be closer to the families they serve and their many partner organizations, Family Connections consolidated office operations from their Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights locations into one centralized headquarters in the Shaker West Building located in the Buckeye neighborhood at 11811 Shaker Boulevard in Cleveland.

Since 1982, Family Connections has provided services to families with children from birth to age 6 from their offices in Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights, and in multiple community, school and library locations.  In the past several years, Family Connections has expanded services into more Cleveland neighborhoods, through programs like SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids), Kindergarten Readiness and Family Support Playrooms in multiple neighborhoods throughout the city.  Consolidating offices in Cleveland allows the organization to be closer to the families they serve throughout the city and the many community organizations with which they partner.

“The move to Cleveland is just one part of our plan to focus our efforts on strengthening families, deepening existing partnerships, and forging new ones,” says Joanne Federman, Executive Director of Family Connections.  The new location allows Family Connections to focus solely on programming rather than building management as part of the organization’s 3-year strategic plan that provides a roadmap for a sustainable financial future.  While building a continuum of services for families of young children in Cleveland and the inner ring suburbs, Family Connections will continue to have a robust presence in Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, and University Heights through their multiple Family Support Playrooms in the community library locations, and SPARK, Family School Connection and Parent Café programming.

Family Connections of Northeast Ohio is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage families with young children to nurture social connections, enhance child development and improve school readiness.  The organization has been helping families grow stronger together for 39 years by providing parenting support and educational opportunities for families with children from birth through age 6 throughout Northeast Ohio. Family Connections offers year-round and free programs and services for families and children to learn and play together. During the pandemic, Family Connections has continued its continuum of programs with virtual services and drop-offs of educational materials for the families it serves.

For more information, contact our Executive Director at

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 Bouthilet, Board President    Joanne Federman, Executive Director

Upcoming Programs:

Parent/Caregiver Program – Parent Cafe’
(Feb. 10th, noon – 1:30, Feb. 17th, noon – 1:30 or 5 pm to 6:30 pm and Feb. 24th 5 pm – 6:30 pm)Call (216) 921-2023 to register.   Visit our Family Support page for more details.

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

  • Please join us for Music with Marisa on Zoom or Facebook from the safety of your home!
  • For more Music with Marisa information and to register via zoom, email at
  • On our Facebook page look for helpful links, glimpses of fun reminders of our playrooms, watch live or recorded sessions 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: or email
  • 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.
  • Parent Cafes are being offered.  Call (216) 921-2023 for more details.

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