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Family Connections

Our Vision

Every child and family is successful, resilient and hopeful.

Our Mission

To support young children and the adults in their lives to grow, learn and imagine in positive ways.

Family Connections is a network of local agencies and programs working together to support families and promote healthy growth and early learning in young children. Currently, fifteen non-profit agencies have signed an agreement to dedicate time, staff and services for young children and families at the library. Partner programs cover multiple life areas such as physical & emotional health, early education, child care, family stability and improvement.

Smart Start for Young Children Activities

There are many fun ways to help prepare your child for school success. The Family Connections hosted an event titled “Smart Start for Young Children” at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The activities were enjoyed by many families at the event and can easily be done at home, as well. These playful activities will introduce or reinforce skills that can help your child succeed in school. Try them with your child and remember “play, more than other activity, fuels healthy development of young children.”

Family Connections Teachers Lab

The Teachers Make & Take Lab is available upon appointment for parents, childcare and early education providers to create materials that benefit child’s learning. Available equipment includes:

• Laminators (9” wide cold / 25” wide hot)
• AccuCut Die-cut System (varied basic & seasonal dies available also)
• Cricut Die-cut System (basic cartridges available, including some fonts)
• Book Comb Binder
• Boardmaker Software
• Black & White Copying / Printing
• Color Copying / Printing

To schedule a Lab appointment, contact:

A Lab helper will be available to Lab users during their appointment. Lab appointments should be during normal library hours, but must be made with at least two weeks notice. To schedule a Lab appointment, contact the Library at 319.261.READ or email family@crlibrary.org.

Want to get Involved with Family Connections?

 There are a number of ways for you to become active with Family Connections.

Community / Family Participation

  • Attend a Family Connections activity/event.
  • Receive our monthly email newsletter.
  • Provide financial/material support.

Agency Participation

  • Have your agency become a full Partner.
  • Do you do trainings/education/activities with children, families or child care providers? Consider doing it at the library!
  • Volunteer to help at a Family Connections sponsored event.
  • Promote your program/agency by doing some outreach. Man an info table during Family Connections Spotlight or write about your organization for our monthly newsletter.
  • Provide financial/ material support.

Business Participation

  • Sponsor a Family Connections event.
  • Volunteer to help at a Family Connections sponsored event.
  • Have a knack for Communication or Marketing? Serve on our Communication Team.
  • Share your knowledge, present at and attend a monthly Family Connections Brown Bag Lunch Talk with area non-profit partners.

To get involved with Family Connections, contact:

Family Connections
Phone: 319.261.READ
Email: family@crlibrary.org