Welcome to
The Family Resource Network! 

We help to build Strong Families by offering playgroups, story times, parent education groups, community and parenting resources, workshops and more!  

Strengthening Families

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The Five Protective Factors are the foundation of the Strengthening Families approach. Extensive evidence supports the common-sense notion that when these Protective Factors are present and robust in a family, the likelihood of abuse and neglect diminish. Research also shows that these factors help build a healthy environment for the optimal development of all children. The North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network follows the Strengthening Families framework.

Brain Building in Progress

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Activities that support brain building can help to set your child up for a lifetime of learning! So what activities support brain development? Reading, a walk in the woods, and even a trip to the grocery store! The key is to engage in a back-and-forth dialogue with your child. When reading a book, stop to ask your child questions about the characters or connect the story to their life. A walk in the woods is a wonderful time to slow down and explore the world around them. A trip to the grocery is a great time to talk about colors, shapes, and letters! 

Child Development 

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Is my child's development on track? What should I do if I'm concerned about developmental milestones? Are there activities that I can do to support my child's development?
We can help with developmental questions! Talk to a facilitator about completing an Ages and Stages Questionnaire. 

Super Readers

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Want an easy way to super-charge your reading time with your children? Try dialogic reading the next time you cozy up with your little one and a good book. What's dialogic reading? It's a simple reading method designed to encourage dialogue between you and your child. Click the link above to learn more.