Working Family Resource Center
WHO WE ARE
The Working Family Resource Center was established in 1985 as a program of the St. Paul Public Schools to provide early childhood education to working parents. Over time, we began to work directly with employers and broadened our educational focus. WFRCâ€™s classes now include parenting from birth to age 18 and many topics that address issues throughout the life cycle. In 2007, we incorporated as our own 501(c)(3) non-profit, and now provide services throughout Minnesota. Because of our fast-growing on-line services, we reached 25,000 individuals in 2010 including many who struggle to maintain a living-wage job, juggle multiple responsibilities, and positively parent their children.
EDUCATING, SUPPORTING, AFFIRM WORKING FAMILIES
WFRCâ€™s unique combination of parenting and work-life education gives parents the tools to not only be better parents, but to reduce family stress and create stable home environments.
â€¢ We teach parents the skills and knowledge so their children enter kindergarten ready to learn
â€¢ We teach parents how to guide their children to be successful throughout school and into adulthood
â€¢ We teach parents how to manage the many daily concerns that impact their lives at home and at work such as managing finances during the difficult economy, caring for their own elderly parents, and improving their health and the health of their families
What new functionality we are looking for
On-line classes are the fastest growing component of WFRCâ€™s work. In the last 4 months, we have seen class registrations grow from less than 100 to over 1,000 participants in just one of our programs. Making it clear and easy for clients to register for classes and locate the resources relevant to them is critical for us to continue to reach as many parents as possible and provide the education and support they are seeking to balance work and family and positively parent their children.
WFRCâ€™s web site needs to become more user-friendly for both parents and business clients and remain relevant to both markets. Our site needs:
â€¢ To be easy for parents to register for on-line classes, access recordings, podcasts, and other resources
â€¢ To be easy to navigate for employers to access information about WFRC services
â€¢ To allow employees to go to one specific location for their company to access classes/recordings
â€¢ A search function for overall user-friendliness
WFRCâ€™s web site needs to be easier to manage on the administrative end. We need:
â€¢ Secure logins for employer services
â€¢ A structure that will allow us to move towards a membership model where both parents and business clients can access separate libraries of classes
â€¢ Automation that allows us to more easily carry out such tasks as entering class participants and donors into databases and listservs, send out RSS feeds as new classes are posted on-line, etc.
How the new functionality will help
On-line classes are the fastest growing component of WFRCâ€™s work. In the last 4 months, we have seen class registrations grow from less than 100 to over 1,000 participants in just one of our programs, Early Learning Counts. Making it clear and easy for clients to register for classes and locate the resources relevant to them is critical for us to continue to reach as many parents as possible and provide the education and support they are seeking to balance work and family and positively parent their children.
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The Working Family Resource Center provides parents with education and support to help them manage the competing demands of work and family, resulting in healthy families and communities where they can thrive. WFRC presents classes on parenting and on broader topics that impact families, such as money management and elder care.
WFRCâ€™s goal is to make parent and work-life education as accessible and convenient as possible for busy families. We offer on-line classes that can be watched anytime, from anywhere, and we work with employers to present classes directly during the work day.
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