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At St. Francis Children’s Center, we believe in serving and supporting the entire family…not just the child. With that in mind, our newest program, the Family Activity Center, offers free and low-cost programming and events for families throughout the community who have children with special needs. In the Family Activity Center, parents and caregivers can find support and share resources while networking with others.

Browse our event calendar below. All events are free unless a fee is specified. Events requiring reservations are noted.

Monthly Events

Due to covid-19, all events are FREE and events will be a combination of in-person events and virtual events via Zoom.

Finding Time to Breathe: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Saturday, June 26

Join the FAC for our first in person event of the year! This 90 minute outdoor workshop will feature Minda Devorkin, a certified yoga and meditation instructor who will guide us through a variety of breathing and relaxation techniques to help caregivers deal with the daily stresses of caregiving. No previous meditation or yoga experience needed. Please bring your own blanket and/or yoga mat. We will be socially distanced so masks are suggested when you arrive, but not needed during Minda’s presentation.  Register here!

Mom’s Night: 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Wednesdays, May 19 • June 30 • July 14 • July 28 • Aug 4

Please Note: July 14 & Aug 4 Mom’s Nights will meet in person.

Mom’s Night is an opportunity to meet, to laugh, and to connect with other women raising a child with a disability or special need. We will alternate virtual gatherings and in person gatherings.  When you register for a virtual gathering, you will receive a kit in the mail to make the night extra special! Our in person gatherings will meet at St. Francis Children’s Center in one of our outside areas. Bring your own dessert and a chair (if you have one!). Register here!

Friday Mornings in the Park: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Fridays: Jun 25 • Jul 9 • Jul 23 • Aug 6 • Aug 20

Come meet other families who have also have a child with special needs or a disability on Friday mornings from 9:00-10:30 am at local inclusive parks. There will be a selection of books from the FAC for a brief story time if families are interested. No registration needed just show up! Cherie Purdy, FAC Coordinator, will be available to talk and offer resources.

  • June 25th: Kayla’s Playground in Franklin Woods Nature Center, 3723 W. Puetz Road, Franklin
  • July 9th: All My Friends Playground, Centennial Park, 1370 17th Ave, Grafton, WI 53024
  • July 23rd: Richard E. Maslowski Glendale Community Park 2200 W Bender Rd, Glendale, WI 53209
  • August 6th: All My Friends Playground, Centennial Park, 1370 17th Ave, Grafton, WI 53024
  • August 20th: Richard E. Maslowski Glendale Community Park 2200 W Bender Rd, Glendale, WI 53209

Compassion Resilience Group: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Tuesdays: June 29 – August 3 via Zoom

This group is for parents and caregivers who are struggling to find ways to balance their needs and their children’s needs. These sessions are not therapy, but they can be therapeutic. Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to meet other parents who understand and support each other through Zoom group discussions lead by FAC Coordinator and special needs parent Cherie Purdy and B-3 Teacher Cheryl Moser. Register Here!

Topics will include:

  • How to recognize compassion fatigue and how to build your resilience
  • Develop skills to help manage expectations and set boundaries within your family
  • Practice real-time and ongoing self-care
  • Encourage risk-taking and new ideas that contribute to family success

Virtual Sibshops: 10-11 AM 
Saturdays: May 8 • Jul 10 •  Aug 14 

Join us for virtual Sibshops on  Zoom! Sibshops is a fun program just for brothers and sisters (ages 8-12) of kids with special needs. Sibshops are a place where brothers and sisters of a person with special needs come together to have a good time and be themselves. Please email Cherie Purdy for more information.

To sign up please, register here!

Special Events

Due to covid-19, all events are FREE and via Zoom only. We hope to return with in-person programs soon! 

Summer Sensory Kits, An At Home activity 

Register for Kits! Let us have some fun outside! These kits are perfect for familes who cannot join us during “Friday Mornings in the Park.” The kits include activities your whole family can do together. Kits are free, but families must register by July 8th to reserve the kit!


Contact Cherie at 414-351-8851 x 314 or by email at cpurdy@sfcckids.org.

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