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Community Connection Day is March 25 

Join us for the first Family University Community Connection Day in North Nashville Topics, presented by MNPS and community organizations, include financial literacy, mental health, insurance enrollment, cultural exploration, nutrition education and more. There will be classes and trainings, free resources, and giveaways for things such as coats, socks, food boxes, COVID kits and more. Lunch also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Saturday, March 25
  • Family and Children's Service, 2400 Clifton Avenue, Nashville, 37209
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Registration begins at 8 a.m.)

Informational Sessions

Session descriptions and times are listed at the bottom of this page.

Register for Community Connection Day

Register for Community Connection Day to secure your spot today. 



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Together We Equip, Encourage & Empower Families & Students for Success


Our educators know a strong partnership between schools and families is crucial to a child's educational journey and well-being.

It's why we created Family University to offer free courses and classes that families and caregivers can select based on individual needs and interests.

Not only will the courses provide relevant information and resources, but they will give us a space to foster trust, have meaningful conversations and listen and learn from each other.
Inglewood Principal with students and families


Family University Courses 

Classes will be both, in-person and online. Course subject areas focus on: 

  • College and Career Readiness
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Health and Wellness
  • Social Services and Adult Development

A graduation ceremony and certificate will mark the completion of course requirements.  

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  • Family University Sessions for March 25 

    9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    Opening Session

    10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
    Get Covered: Tennessee Healthcare Access, hosted by Family & Children's Service
    • How to access and use health insurance in Tennessee.
    PREP: Prevention Resources & Education for Parents/Caregivershosted by Caron Treatment Centers)

    There are two main goals in this session:

    • To provide information on current youth drug trends, such as vaping, and the dangers of use to the developing brain and body.
    • To empower parents and caregivers with effective communication skills when talking with their children about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
    Our New Neighbors: Ukrainian and Afghan Culture, hosted by the Nashville International Center for Empowerment
    • Learn about the process refugees go through when they flee their home country. We will also learn about how the U.S. has responded to recent humanitarian crises. NICE staff members Mir Ansari and Inna Shulkina will teach about the culture and customs specifically of Afghanistan and Ukraine, two of the largest growing immigrant communities in Nashville.
    11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    The Role of Life Experiences in Fostering Resilience, hosted by Family & Children’s Service
    • Parents and caregivers will learn how experiences help and hinder brain development and will leave with strategies for facilitating the development of executive function and coping skills in children and teens.
    How Families Support College Enrollment & Persistence, hosted by Persist Nashville
    • Join Persist Nashville for a conversation on how families can support their child's dreams for their future, college enrollment and persistence starting as young as kindergarten. Families will walk away with tools for vision building and a concrete checklist to help their child meet their goals.
    Rethink Your Drink, hosted by the Tennessee State University SNAP Education Program
    • Tips for how to shop, cook, and eat within your budget, with a special emphasis on healthier alternatives to everyday drinks.
    1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
    Spending: How to Become a More Conscious Spender, hosted by First South Financial
    • Learn to do more with your current income. When you identify where you’re spending you can adjust to better meet your family needs.  You’ll leave this session with the ability to determine spending leaks, build savings, reduce debt and how to draw up a spending plan your family can actually live with.
    Unlocking Your Potential in Nashville, One Career at a Time!, hosted by UpRise Nashville
    • This session is be an overview of UpRise Nashville's services, which offer free career training programs that gives you the skills and certifications you need to land better-paying positions at established Nashville companies. At UpRise, you will find more than just a new career; you will find a supportive, hopeful community that is there for you every step of the way, even after you are on the job!
    Overview of the Connecting Forward and Relative Caregiver Programs, hosted by Family & Children’s Service
    • An overview of the Connecting Forward community program that Family & Children’s Service offers, as well as the Relative Caregiver Program that exists to support relatives who are serving as caregivers of children and youth.


  • Upcoming Community Connection Day Events

    In addition to the March 25, event we will host Community Connection events:

    • Saturday, April 22
    • Saturday, August 5
  • Register for the Event 

    Save your spot and register for the March 25 Community Connection Day Event