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Speaker Series

Connecting for Kids Speaker Series

Join us for presentations on various childhood topics by local, pediatric professionals. Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately.

These programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Translation is also available.

Quick Info

Locations:
Elyria, Lakewood, Middleburg Heights, Solon and Westlake
Child Care: Free with Child Registration


Important Notes:

  • Free, supervised children's activities are available with separate child registration. We are able to accommodate children with special concerns. If you have a question about how we would help your child feel comfortable, please call 440-570-5908/para español 440-907-9130 or email info@connectingforkids.org.

Did you know?

Podcasts and presentations from previous speakers are available on our website. View the full list here.

Connecting for Kids Program Locations

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Address: West River Branch of the Elyria Public Library System, 1194 West River Rd. N. (map)



Address: Lakewood Public Library, Main Library, 15425 Detroit Ave. (map)



Address: Middleburg Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 16699 Bagley Rd. (map)



Address: Solon Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 34125 Portz Parkway (map)



Address: Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. (map)


    • 10 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Has this been a difficult year for your child? Do you feel that your child is falling behind academically, having behavioral issues or struggling socially? Join Connecting for Kids for this check-in where our Family Resource Specialists will answer your questions, address your concerns and help locate resources for your family including local tutors, social skills groups, behavioral specialists, mental health counselors, pediatric providers and other services. You will also be able to network with other families that also have children who are struggling this year with the many changes both for in-person learning and those doing school virtually. Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number.

    This program is for adults only and will not be recorded. This program is supported by a grant from Community West Foundation.

    Due to grant funding, programs are open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 16 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    Do you wish you had a kit filled with “tools” you could use to stop meltdowns before they start? Do you want strategies to motivate your child toward positive behavior? Join us each month to learn how to use one of the tools in our Tantrum Tamer Toolbox to help your child aged 18 months – 6 years control behavior and manage emotions. This program is designed for children with or without identified development concerns.

    Join Kathy Nash, M.Ed., as she leads you through another tool in the Tantrum Tamer Toolbox - the Behavior Reward Chart. Kathy will walk you through strategies to manage behavior at home as well as to help find other ways to respond to your child. She will answer your questions on a variety of topics, which can be asked during the program or submitted upon registration. This program offers a safe space to connect with both our professionals and other families and the educational portion will be recorded. Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number.

    To receive a Tantrum Tamer Toolkit prior to the program, request a kit at Westlake Porter Public Library's drive-through window or by visiting the Youth Services Desk.

    *One free kit per household*

    Due to grant funding, this program is for residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 29 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    What are some ways you can improve communication with your child’s school? How can you more effectively ask for support? Join Karla Fitch, MTSC, of Connecting for Kids as she teaches families how to create and use a communications binder. Karla will walk attendees through the documents a family should have readily available and discuss the importance of each. She will also demonstrate ways to use the binder throughout the year to communicate your child’s needs.

    Register and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. All participants will be given supplies to put together your own communications binder! To pick up these supplies prior to the program, request your communications binder at Westlake Porter Public Library's drive-through window or by visiting the Youth Services Desk.

    This program is co-sponsored by the Parent Mentors of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County and is supported by a grant from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River - Sunrise and Noon Clubs, Rotary Club of North Ridgeville, Rotary Club of Westlake-Bay Village, and West Shore Rotary.

    This program is for adults only. This program will be recorded.

    *One kit per household while supplies last*

    Due to grant funding, this program is open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 14 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    Are you overwhelmed trying to find a summer program for your child this spring? Do you want to learn how to make the most of your time at the upcoming Lorain County Resource Fair and Cuyahoga County Resource Grab and Go? Join us as we answer questions about the upcoming resource events and discuss best practices for collecting information from vendors to decide if a provider is right for your child. Join CFKs' Family Resource Specialists (FRS) as they lead a group discussion to share ideas. You'll be able to connect with other families and also have the opportunity to meet 1:1 with a FRS virtually to answer specific concerns unique to your family.

    Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number.

    This program will not be recorded and is supported by a grant from the Community West Foundation.

    Due to grant funding, programs are open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 14 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    ¿Estás abrumado esta primavera tratando de encontrar algún programa de verano para tu hijo(a)? ¿Quieres saber cómo aprovechar tu tiempo en la próxima Feria de Recursos del Condado de Lorain o con la Caja para Llevar de la Feria del Condado de Cuyahoga? Únete a nosotros mientras respondemos preguntas acerca de las próximas ferias y discutimos las mejores prácticas para recopilar información de proveedores para decidir cuál es el adecuado para tu hijo(a). Únete a los Especialistas en Recursos Familiares (ERF) de CFK mientras dirigen una discusión grupal para compartir ideas. Podrás conectar con otras familias y tener la oportunidad de reunirte 1:1 con un ERF virtualmente para responder tus preocupaciones específicas y únicas de tu familia. Regístrate en el enlace a continuación y recibirás por correo electrónico información sobre cómo unirte al programa utilizando la aplicación gratuita Zoom o llamando a un número gratuito. Este programa no será grabado y es patrocinado por Community West Foundation.

    Para más información visite https://connectingforkids.org/registrate


    • 15 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register
    Is your child struggling with pandemic-related anxiety? Is time at home during quarantine increasing your child’s impulsivity? Join Dr. Kimberly Burkhart of Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital as she teaches behavior management strategies. In addition, parents and caregivers will learn ways to teach children to monitor and modify their own behavior. This program will offer a Q&A at the end and specific questions can be submitted upon registration. Join the community of families with an elementary-aged child who struggles with attention and anxiety. Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library. This program is for adults only and the educational portion will be recorded.


    Due to grant funding, this program is for residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 17 Apr 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    Register
    Racism has a negative effect on the well-being of non-white children and their caregivers. To help protect your child from the harmful effects of racial trauma, you must know what the roadblocks are and how to work through them. This program, led by CFK's Family Education Research Analyst Nikki Montgomery, M.A., M.Ed, GPAC, is designed to be a safe space for Black American mothers of children aged 0-12 years to talk about challenges faced in education and healthcare systems. Join Nikki to learn five ways to effectively work towards solutions. This program is for adults only and will not be recorded. If you are interested in learning more about the program, register using the link below and you will be contacted by a Connecting for Kids staff member. This program is presented in partnership with the Mother 2 Mother organization.

     

    Due to grant funding, programs are open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    Do you wish you had a kit filled with “tools” you could use to stop meltdowns before they start? Do you want strategies to motivate your child toward positive behavior? Join us each month to learn how to use one of the tools in our Tantrum Tamer Toolbox to help your child aged 18 months – 6 years control behavior and manage emotions. This program is designed for children with or without identified development concerns.

    Join Ochanya Wells, M.Ed., as she leads you through another tool in the Tantrum Tamer Toolbox. She will explore emotional regulation tools including a calming social story as well promote strategies to help your child cope with anger. She will also answer your questions on a variety of topics, which can be asked during the program or submitted upon registration. This program offers a safe space to connect with our professional and other families and the educational portion will be recorded. Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. Register for the program to receive instructions on how to pick up your Tantrum Tamer Toolkit in its entirety at a designated library if you haven't already.

    This program uses tools from the original kit. This program is presented in partnership with Mycom and Cuyahoga County Public Library.

    Due to grant funding, this program is for residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 27 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    All parents worry about their children’s friendships. But for parents of children who lack social skills the concerns are especially pressing. Making and keeping friends requires hundreds of skills and it is easy for a child who struggles to fall behind. Ellen Spear, MA, CCC-SLP, of Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC, will teach parents and caregivers strategies to help their child develop and maintain friendships. She will discuss the complicated nature of social skills as it relates to a variety of diagnoses. Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library and is supported by a grant from the Knights of Columbus at St. Ladislas. This program is for adults only and a portion will be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, programs are open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 04 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    Do you have a beautiful family that was formed through transracial adoption? Are you looking for ways for your child to form a strong racial identity as well as a strong family bond? Join Krysia Orlowski, Volunteer Parent Coordinator, and Donikea Austin, Program Manager of Adoption Network Cleveland as they walk us through tips that families formed by transracial adoption need to thrive. The presenters will open the program to Q&A and offer strategies to help with the specific struggles families are experiencing. Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. This program is for adults only and the educational portion of this program will be recorded.This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library.

    Due to grant funding, this program is for residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 05 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    Long summer days, no homework and a break from the routine. Even though your elementary-aged child may be looking forward to summer, the transition from the structure of school can be a rocky one. Join Rob Adams, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist at Meghan Barlow and Associates, as he provides practical strategies to make the end of the year a positive, stress-free time for your child. Join the community of families with an elementary-aged child who struggles with attention and anxiety. Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library. This program is for adults only and the educational portion will be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, this program is for residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 06 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    Are you overwhelmed with the need to find therapies and academic programs to help your child? Did you get your CFK Resource Fair grab & go bag and are still not sure where to start? Join us as we help you explore local summer opportunities and get organized with the resources you received from the Lorain County Resource Fair. Join CFKs' staff including our Family Resource Specialists (FRS) who will help families identify the programs that are right for them. You'll be able to connect with other families and also have the opportunity to meet 1:1 with a FRS virtually to find specific resources that are available and a good fit for your family.

    Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. This program will not be recorded.

    If the Lorain County Resource Fair is rescheduled due to weather, this program will take place on Thursday, May 13.

    Due to grant funding, this program is for residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 06 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    ¿Estás abrumado con la necesidad de encontrar terapias y programas académicos para ayudar a tu hijo(a)? ¿Recibiste tu Bolsa para Llevar de la Feria de Recursos de CFK y aún no estas seguro por dónde empezar? Únete a nosotros mientras te ayudamos a explorar oportunidades para el verano locales y a organizarte con los recursos que recibiste de la Feria de Recursos del Condado de Lorain. Únete al staff de CFK incluyendo a los Especialistas en Recursos Familiares (ERF) quienes ayudarán a las familias a identificar los programas adecuados para ellos.

    También podrás conectar con otras familias y tener la oportunidad de reunirte 1:1 con un ERF virtualmente para encontrar los recursos específicos que estén disponibles y sean los adecuados para tu familia. Regístrate usando el enlace a continuación y se te enviara por correo electrónico la información obre como unirte al programa, usando la aplicación gratuita de Zoom o llamando a un número de teléfono gratuito. Este programa no será grabado.

    Si la Feria de Recursos del Condado de Lorain se reprograma debido al clima y condiciones meteorológicas, este programa se llevará a cabo el Jueves 13 de Mayo.

    Para más información visite https://connectingforkids.org/registrate


    • 11 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    Do you wish you had a kit filled with “tools” you could use to stop meltdowns before they start? Do you want strategies to motivate your child toward positive behavior? Join us each month to learn how to use one of the tools in our Tantrum Tamer Toolbox to help your child aged 18 months – 6 years control behavior and manage emotions. This program is designed for children with or without identified development concerns.

    Join Ochanya Wells, M.Ed., as she leads you through another tool in the Tantrum Tamer Toolbox. She will explore visual schedules including the first, then chart to manage behavior as we transition into summer and need tools to structure the day. She will also answer your questions on a variety of topics, which can be asked during the program or submitted upon registration. This program offers a safe space to connect with our professional and other families and the educational portion will be recorded. Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. Register for the program to receive instructions on how to pick up your Tantrum Tamer Toolkit in its entirety at a designated library if you haven't already.

    This program uses tools from the original kit. This program is presented in partnership with Mycom and Cuyahoga County Public Library.

    Due to grant funding, this program is for residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 12 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    Are you overwhelmed with the need to find therapies and academic programs to help your child? Did you get your CFK Resource Fair grab & go box and are still not sure where to start? Join us as we help you explore local summer opportunities and get organized with the resources you received from the Cuyahoga County Resource Fair. Join CFKs' staff including our Family Resource Specialists (FRS) who will help families identify the programs that are right for them. You'll be able to connect with other families and also have the opportunity to meet 1:1 with a FRS virtually to find specific resources that are available and a good fit for your family.

    Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. This program will not be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, this program is for residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 12 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    ¿Estás abrumado con la necesidad de encontrar terapias y programas académicos para ayudar a tu hijo(a)? ¿Recibiste tu Caja para Llevar de la Feria de Recursos de CFK y aún no estás seguro por dónde empezar?

    Únete a nosotros mientras te ayudamos a explorar oportunidades locales para el verano y a organizarte con los recursos que recibiste en la Feria de Recursos del Condado de Cuyahoga.

    Únete al staff de CFK, incluyendo a los Especialistas en Recursos Familiares (ERF), quienes ayudarán a las familias a identificar los programas adecuados para ellos.

    También podrás conectar con otras familias y tener la oportunidad de reunirte 1:1 con un ERF virtualmente para encontrar los recursos específicos que estén disponibles y sean los adecuados para tu familia.

    Regístrate usando el enlace a continuación y se te enviara por correo electrónico la información sobre como unirte al programa, usando la aplicación gratuita de Zoom o llamando a un número de teléfono gratuito.

    Este programa no será grabado.

    Para más información visite https://connectingforkids.org/registrate


Call, text or email:

Phone: 1-440-570-5908
Español: 1-440-907-9130
Email: info@connectingforkids.org

Address:

P.O. Box 45372
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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