Families CAN!

Pre-Registration Required

Phone: (207) 442-7963
Email: mmcainfo@mmcacorp.org

Families CAN! offers enrichment opportunities to parents, caregivers and educators about topics affecting families with children from birth through the teen years.

 Families CAN!

Families CAN! uses award-winning, evidence-based programs, providing enrichment opportunities to parents, caregivers and educators about topics affecting families with children from birth through the teen years.


Enrichment Workshops are open to all parents and caregivers at no cost.

Professional trainings are available on request at no cost.

Parent & Caregiver Enrichment Workshops

Our enrichment programs are designed to offer parents and other caregivers information, strategies and resources that can help them build a strong foundation for a safe and happy family.

Enrolling Now for 2021: 

Mandated Reporter Training – 2 hours
Wednesday, March 24 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Free on Zoom

We provide the mandated training required by the Department of Health and Human Services for all mandated reporters.  This training covers the Maine laws regarding reporting suspected child abuse, signs of abuse and neglect, how to make a report and why it is important.  All mandated reporters are now required to complete a training approved by the Department of Health and Human Services every four years. Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

For more information and to register, contact Dawn Flagg: 207-442-7963 ext. 230 or dawn.flagg@mmcacorp.org.

Active Parenting: The First Five Years - 4 session series
Mondays March 22 - April 12 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Tuesdays March 23 - April 13 from 9:00 - 11:00 am

Learn about parenting styles and roles, ages and stages of development, discipline techniques that work, how to prevent tantrums, building strong family bond, ways to prepare children for school success, and much more. This series is designed for parents of children from birth to age five.

For more information and to register, contact Helen Rogers: 207-844-1285 or helen.rogers@mmcacorp.org.

Other Free Parent Enrichment/Professional Trainings:

Infant Safe Sleep & Period of PURPLE Crying Training – 2 hours

These national initiatives focus on preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and promoting a safe sleeping environment for infants. Get the most up-to-date information that promotes infant safety, and gain a new way of understanding the normal period of crying during a healthy baby's first year of life.

Protective Factors for Families – 2 hours

This program supports professionals who provide services to families. Identify ways in which your organization is already supporting the development of protective factors in families, and consider how you can increase capacity to build protective factors. Protective Factors are conditions in families, communities, and organizations that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families.

The Front Porch Project - 4 hours

The Front Porch Project® training for community members addresses why people do (and don’t) get involved and provides strategies on how to help by stepping in and supporting families. Specifically, this training teaches you to:

  • Increase your awareness of importance of prevention in helping to protect children and support families.
  • Identify when and how to get involved in situations involving a child.
  • Increase your comfort level with stepping in during those situations.
  • Identify and develop comfort with a range of parenting approaches.
  • Think of possible responses, interventions and problem-solving strategies.

By attending this training, you are joining a community of Mainers committed to help prevent future tragedies from occurring to any more of our children. The training is free, available online and available to anyone in the state.

The Role of Life Experiences in Raising Healthy & Thriving Children & Communities – 1 or 2 hours

This introduction to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study looks at what adverse childhood experiences look like in Maine; the impact of toxic stress on healthy brain development; what are Adverse Community Environments and their impact on adverse childhood experiences; as we; as what ACEs look like, sound, and feel like for those impacted; and how to build resilience for healthy and thriving children and communities. To schedule, contact the Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN).

Families CAN! is supported by the Maine Children's Trust, a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect.