Spaghetti Nights Family Workshops

Launched in 2012, Spaghetti Nights Family Workshops are a series of free, monthly, two-hour workshops for parents, guardians and families developed through a collaboration between SEDE and the Riverview Community Learning Centre (CLC)

Currently offered at Riverview Elementary (Verdun), Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary (Villeray), Gerald McShane Elementary (Montréal-Nord) and Parkdale Elementary (Ville St-Laurent), many of the families who participate have children in SEDE’s Homework Zone Afterschool Mentoring Program. The workshop topics are suggested by parents/guardians and facilitated by McGill staff, faculty and Montreal-based professional educators. The goal of the workshops is to provide accessible, helpful information and practical tools for parents/guardians to support their children’s development academically, personally and socially. Spaghetti Nights is also a safe, supportive community space for families to learn together and from each other.

How Spaghetti Nights works

Workshops are offered once a month in school spaces on Thursday evenings and begin with a free spaghetti dinner at 5:30 pm for families, volunteers, and facilitators. Following dinner, a workshop is given for parents/guardians from 6:00  – 8:00 pm while childcare is provided by volunteers under the supervision of a Family Care Animator. 

What we offer to families

  • Engaging workshops and discussions in school spaces that send families home with new ideas, shared experiences and concrete tools on how to thrive in school and at home
  • Free spaghetti dinner
  • Free childcare

Some past Spaghetti Nights Workshops

  • How to create a home environment for learning and school success
  • Attachment: The cornerstone of parenting
  • Making healthy meals quickly and on a budget
  • Parents’/guardians’ tools for helping kids with their homework
  • Financial planning for secondary and post-secondary education

Press coverage

May 2017 - Montreal Families Magazine

April 2017 - McGill Reporter


Want to get involved?

Childcare Volunteers

We are always looking for McGill students, staff and faculty to work with our Family Care Animator to make a fun and safe atmosphere for the kids while their parents are in the workshops from 6-8pm. Includes a free dinner and public transit tickets available upon request.

Please email [at] (subject: Spaghetti%20Nights%20Childcare%20Volunteer)

Workshop Facilitators needed in 2018-19!

We are currently looking for workshops on the following topics suggested by parents/guardians:

Understanding the Growth Mindset
Strategies and support for single parents
How to get kids interested in math
How to manage tantrums
How to save for your child’s education
Family time management
Raising children with special needs
How to cope with stress and anxiety
Transitioning from youth to pre-teen
Online safety and literacy

Read our Facilitator Guidelines and contact anurag.dhir [at] (subject: Spaghetti%20Nights%20Facilitation) (Anurag Dhir).

General inquiries?

email anurag.dhir [at] (Anurag Dhir) or call 514-398-3745



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