Catholic Education Summit

The 2015 Catholic Education Summit, hosted by the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education, provided a venue for several partners in the Family Engagement Collaborative of the Miami Valley to present initiatives of their individual agencies/organizations and to share positive outcomes. Summit participants learned from the Fatherhood Coordinator for the Montgomery County Department of Job & Family Services about ways to involve fathers in the education of their children despite the barriers that many fathers face. The director of the Urban Child Development Resource Center shared how that program meets the basic needs of families in schools, including counseling and social work services, as well as numerous school-based programs teaching about topics such as anger management and empathy.  The director of the Miami Valley Family Care Center discussed how the organization first works to meet basic needs of families and then works to empower families by focusing on their existing strengths, components they need to be successful, and available resources to be stronger.  Finally, the OSU Extension Educator for Family and Consumer Sciences talked about food and nutrition education programs available to parents and grandparents, as well as programs available for teachers and parents to help children cope with stress.