Thursday, December 17, 2015

Happy Holidays!

The Family Resource Center will be closed on the following dates:
          Thursday, December 24
          Friday, December 25
          Thursday, December 31
          Friday, January 1


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ho Ho Ho!

The Oakwood Mall located Santa right outside of our office/play area.
Today Santa stopped in to say "Hi"!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Such fun at the Rural Play N' Learn Play Groups!

Children and families had lots of fun at the October and November Rural Play N’ Learn Family Play Groups!
Join us in December at the public libraries for this free, fun interactive time for children ages 0-5 and parents (or grandparents!).  All families will receive a free copy of the featured book, Snowballs, by Lois Ehlert!
Reserve your space by calling the FRC at 715-833-1735 or clicking on the Registration Tab!
Altoona - December 11, 10:00-11:00 am
Fall Creek - December 15, 9:30-10:30 am
Augusta - December 15, 6:00-7:00 pm
Fairchild - December 17, 10:00-11:00 am

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

the gift of supporting families

Supporting families in Eau Claire & Dunn Counties is a gift. 
The Family Resource Center both gives and receives.

Each time a family opens their heart & sometimes even their home to us,
we receive so much in the relationship we build.  We become a team, focused on
providing the best for each child.  We offer insight into child development,
ideas for resources in the community, and sometimes even a shoulder to lean on.
Together we figure out this adventure called "parenting"!

Each time a donation arrives at our center, we are able to take this gift -- and
give it back to the community.  No matter if that donation may be a box of Kleenex
or a check -- we are gracious for the support.  As a non-profit, we rely on caring
individuals and funders to support us so we can support families.

Please know we are thankful & appreciative!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fridays at the FRC

We are ever so excited to introduce "Fridays at the FRC"
at our main office in the Oakwood Mall.
[Friday from 10:00-11:00]
We have three fun parent and child events coming up this year!
October 23 - Dance with Me
November 13 - Baby Signing
December 18 - Dance with Me
Register by calling 715-833-1735  or register right here at our website!  See tab above.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Altoona, Augusta, Fairchild & Fall Creek -- Here we come!

New Happenings! 
The Family Resource Center Announces Play N’ Learn Family Play Groups in Rural Eau Claire County!

The FRC is excited to bring to the communities of Altoona, Fall Creek, Augusta, and Fairchild, Play N’ Learn Family Play Groups!  Play and learning go hand in hand.  These free hour long play groups, coordinated by Parent Educator, Sharon Ivers, and hosted by the local public libraries, will be fun, interactive times for children and parents.  A wide variety of creative activities based on classic children’s books by Lois Ehlert will be available for infants through age 5. And, all will be able to enjoy a snack!

2015 Play N’ Learn will begin in October!
Join in the fun on the dates below:

Altoona--2nd Friday of the Month-10:00-11:00 a.m.
     Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11

Fall Creek--3rd Tuesday of the Month—9:30-10:30 a.m.
     Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15

Augusta--3rd Tuesday of the Month—6:00-7:00 p.m.
     Oct. 20**, Nov. 17, Dec. 15  **Join us for a complimentary meal at 5:30 on Oct. 20!

Fairchild--3rd Thursday of the Month—10:00-11:00 a.m.
     Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17

Reserve your space by calling the FRC at 715-833-1735 or
visiting the FRC website at

                                                                               Featured book for October!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

With appreciation...

Our sincere thanks to the Community Foundation of Dunn County for providing funding for a Parent Café in Menomonie.  We will offer our first Parent Café in November of 2015.  Check back for more information!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Watch us on WEAU

We have been featured again on WEAU Moms Everyday.
This segment is on "What is the Family Resource Center?"
In 2 minutes, we try to summarize all we do to support families!
Watch it here:

Friday, September 18, 2015

United Way Day of Caring

Our thanks to Nicole Brannigan and Matt Miller for painting our wee bathroom bright blue, touching up our green wall in the Play Area AND painting accent pieces for our bathroom.

Thank you SO much!!

Our thanks to the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley for sponsoring this Day of Caring!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Brain Development Rocks!

Join us for "Building Baby's Brain" on Thursday, September 17 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the FRC office in the Oakwood Mall. 

Learn how positive interactions with your baby enhance social and emotional development, creativity, and even IQ.  Activities for specific ages will be shared.  Class content will be geared towards development from birth to 3 years.  Sponsored by the Eau Claire County BRAIN Team.

Register by calling the FRC at 715-833-1735 or register online at at the "Sign up for classes" tab.
Cost is $10.00   ~  Child care is provided

Monday, August 17, 2015

Play N' Learn Fall Registration Is Now Open

Fall Play N' Learn Registration is now open
The Fall session runs from September 20th - October 12th
Session Choices are...
Wednesday 9-10:00am FULL
Wednesday 10:30-11:30am
Thursday 9-10:00am
Thursday 10:30-11:30am
Follow the link below to register online or call the office at 715-833-1735

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Play Area Redo!

On Wednesday, August 5, the FRC staff worked to organize our storage and redo the Play Area in our main office at the Oakwood Mall.  Talk about one hard working staff!

  • ServiceMaster of Chippewa Valley started our day with a thorough cleaning of our carpet.
  • While that was going on, tubs and tubs of stored materials were sorted through.  Some were reorganized, some items were donated and many trips were made to the dumpster. 
  • Then we began to unwrap and put out new rugs, new storage tubs and playhouse & dollhouse toys provided by funding from the Daniel F. and Margaret J. Brown Memorial Fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation.

And....drum roll -- here is the result:

Let the playing begin!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Our cup kind of overflows!

Our sincerest thanks to the Eau Claire Morning Rotary for presenting the Family Resource Center with a check to support our work with the First Connections program.

These funds were made possible through their fund raising efforts from
 SuperBeans  and their Golf Outing.
Thanks Rotarians -- we are ever so grateful!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Nursing Nook

The Family Resource Center in partnership with La Leche League of Eau Claire is quite pleased to have cut the ribbon last night to officially open the Nursing Nook at the FRC office in the Oakwood Mall in Eau Claire.

Pictured is Jennifer Hafele, La Leche League Leader, and Kari Stroede, Executive Director of the FRC, officially cutting the ribbon.

Our local news station, WEAU - Channel 13, also filmed the ribbon cutting! 
Watch the video HERE
The Nursing Nook will be available for families to use when the FRC is open.
Our thanks to the following vendors that generously donated items:
Ashley Furniture Homestore
That's Adorable! Children's Boutique
E.C. Online Auctions
And a HUGE thanks to La Leche League!
A quiet place for mom & child.
The Nursing Nook.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Could this be you or someone you know?

The Family Resource Center is seeking an Administrative Assistant!

This 31 hour position will work the following schedule in our Eau Claire Office at the Oakwood Mall:
  • Monday through Thursday:  8:45-3:15
  • Friday:  8:45-1:45

This position is responsible for the following important facets of the FRC work:
  1. Bookkeeping
  2. Data Base
  3. Day-to-day operation of the Center, including facility maintenance
  4. Clerical support
  5. Be the Warm Welcome to families calling the FRC or stopping into our office
Rate of Pay:  $11.00/hour

Could this be you or someone you know?
Preference will be given to individuals with experience with: Excel, QuickBooks Pro, Access.
For more information, to receive a full job description or to submit a resume, contact:

Kari Stroede
Executive Director
Family Resource Center
4800 Golf Road
Eau Claire, WI  54701

Resumes are due on or before Friday, August 7.
Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday, August 12.
Tentative start date will be Monday, August 31.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy July 4th!

The Family Resource Center will be closed on Friday, July 3.

Have a fun & safe Fourth of July!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer Fun!

Summer is just around the corner!
Check out all the fun ideas we have gathered on the official Family Resource Center Pinterest Board!

Just click this link....   FRC Pinterest

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

The Family Resource Center will be closed on Memorial Day ~ Monday, May 25th.
Have a safe & fun weekend!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Here we "grow" again!

The Family Resource Center (FRC) is seeking a Parent Educator.  This full time (40 hour) position is based in Eau Claire.  The mission of the FRC is to provide programs and services that build on family strengths through prevention, education, support and collaboration.  This position will be responsible for implementing a new Rural Play N' Learn Play Group in the communities of Altoona, Fall Creek, Augusta & Fairchild as well as providing Home Visiting using the evidence based Parents as Teachers Curriculum.  A Bachelor's Degree is required - with preference for a degree in Family Services, Early Education or a Related area.

It is hoped that the position will be in place on July 6 with the candidate attending a training in Glendale, Wisconsin the week of July 13-17 to become certified in the Parents as Teachers Curriculum.

Please send resume to:
   Family Resource Center
   Attention:  Kari Stroede, Executive Director
   4800 Golf Road  Suite 450  Eau Claire, WI  54701

To request a full job description or for questions, email
Application deadline is:  Friday, June 5
Note:  Interviews will be scheduled to take place on Monday, June 15

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words...

Vehicle Fun Night was a huge success!
Thanks to Melissa for all her work organizing it -- and
a big thanks to all the large vehicles & their drivers!!
Under the plow!
(do not worry -- rubber edge)
Police Officer connections!
City vehicles...
From a City Bus to 2 garbage trucks to a fire were in the driver seat
 & horns were going off.  It was fun from start to finish!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Brave New World: Helping Children Resolve Conflicts

When we help our children work through frustration, anger, conflict - we are helping them gain life skills.  When we support them, help them identify how they are feeling, provide outlets, offer choices, and set limits and natural consequences - we encourage our children to gain control.

Join in this conversation THIS Tuesday, April 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Augusta Elementary School.  Call the FRC to register.  Child care is available.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Play Group Registration Is Now Full!

All Play N' Learn groups are full at this time.  To be placed on the waiting list, please call the Family Resource Center at 715-833-1735.  Also be sure to check out our individual Summer play groups called, "Discovery Days".  You can register for the June discovery classes under the "Sign Up For Classes" tab at the top of our website.

Monday, April 6, 2015

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children & families in our communities.
Learn more on the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April showers bring May flowers...

Just a reminder -
the Family Resource Center
will be closed on Friday, April 3!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ready, set....

Time to mark your calendar for our annual "Where in Eau Claire" Scavenger Hunt.
July 9, 2015
To Register a on the link near the top of the page - "Where in EC Registration".

Monday, March 23, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Job Posting - yes, we are growing!

Job Posting


The Family Resource Center (FRC) is seeking a Resource Educator for our First Connections Program.  This part time position is based in Eau Claire.  The mission of the FRC is to provide programs and services that build on family strengths through prevention, education, support and collaboration.  This position will be responsible for implementing our “First Connections” program – visiting with families that have had babies at the Eau Claire hospitals, sharing information about the FRC and other area resources and connecting families with our Home Visiting program. 

A Bachelor’s Degree in Family Services, Early Education or a Related area is highly preferred.  The position will begin at 10 hours per week (with M-Sat. visiting).  There is a strong possibility for added hours with the continued success of this program.


Please send resume to:

Family Resource Center

Attention:  Kari Stroede, Executive Director

4800 Golf Road Suite 450  Eau Claire, WI  54701


To request a full job description or for questions, email

Application deadline is:  Friday, March 20

Note:  Interviews will be scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 31

Monday, February 23, 2015

February 25 & 26 Reminders

Reminder: There is no Play ‘N Learn Groups this week, February 25 & 26.  The playroom will be open all day on Wednesday from 9am-3pm, however on Thursday the 26th due to the “Dance with Me” class the drop in and play hours will remain 12pm – 3pm! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Play ' N Learn Registration is Now Full

Play ' N Learn Registration is now full and we will be taking all new registrations as part of our waiting list.  If a spot opens up in any group we will take families on a first come first serve basis.  To be put on the waiting list, call the Family Resource Center at 715-833-1735.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Farm Mural at the FRC!

For anyone that has visited the Family Resource Center -
you may have noticed the large wall on the way to the bathroom...
the large unsightly wall.

We were fortunate to have the Fresh Start work crew from Western Dairyland provide community service in January - with patching the wall as part of their work day.  Then the wall was painted by Kari's husband, Dave, in early February.  Thursday and today, Cyndee Kaiser painted a farm mural across the wall.  It has been so amazing to watch her sketch it out and paint away.

Cyndee is well known in the Chippewa Valley for her many murals -- and we were fortunate to have her just stop in one day with an offer to paint one for us.  With cows & a horse & a pig with piglets & chickens (and a cat or two per Kari's request -- she has a herd of cats on her own farm)...the mural came to life.
Now a farm resides at the FRC - stop by to check it out!
Cyndee can be contacted & contracted with to paint for others at


Friday, February 6, 2015

Great way to end a week!

The Family Resource Center feels very fortunate to have received funding from Bremer Bank and Otto Bremer Foundation to replicate our work in Dunn County. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Classes, training, workshops...

No matter what you call it...we offer a variety of training events for parents, guardians and other adults that have kids in their lives.  Our February 5th training on "To Spank or Not To Spank - Positive Guidance" is now full!  Our February 11th training on "Let's Create - Process Art for kids" is almost full.

You can find our list of upcoming training dates by clicking on the "Newsletter" or "Sign Up For Classes" tab.  All of our trainings do have a class limit - due to the size of our conference room, so please be sure to reserve a spot.

Do you have any ideas for training topics?  If so, leave a comment!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rotary Event to support First Connections -- this Saturday, January 31!

Bean Bag Tournament and Chili Feed
Saturday, January 31, 2015
11-2 (Tournament Registration at 10:32)
Event supports our First Connections program!

  Link to their website:  SuperBeans