Join the conversation !. Who is the Café Institute? (Community Assets for Education). Café Institute is:. a dedicated community of educators with a vision of highly engaged communities working together to support learning. We recognize that:
Join the conversation!
Who is the Caf Institute?(Community Assets for Education)
Caf Institute is:
a dedicated community of educators with a vision of highly engaged communities working together to support learning.
Cafs capacity building framework brings together research, shifts in policy and practice by:
How are children in our community currently doing?How are we responding?
Up to 1/3 of our children are struggling in at least one area of development
Calgarys Early Development Instrument (EDI) baseline results for kindergarten children in five developmental domains:
The good news is that our community is responding!
Across Calgary and area, individuals, associations and institutions are coming together in new ways to make a difference and we can all be a part of this...
Source: Early Child Development Mapping Project (ECMap), April 2014
What does this collective response look like?
Across Alberta and in Calgary
A movement is brewing
in support of children
What do we now know about the early years that needs to be shared?
What we now know
How can we share and act
on these key messages and make a difference for children?
Now thats a great reason for a conversation!What is Parent Caf: The Early Years?
It all begins with a conversation
*Born, P. (2008)
Parent Caf: the Early Years is
A resource for hosting strength-based,
opening the door to
Our goal is to:
Build awareness and capacity of parents and caregivers in support of early childhood development.
What does the Early Years conversation caf resource offer?
Parent Caf Early Years offers a series of
conversation starters for sparking dialogue among parents and caregivers. Accompanying resources and information to share with parents are provided.
Some sample questions
Why are the early years so important?
What are some ways you are supporting your childs development?
How do you play and have fun with your child?
Why is play important?
What kind of environment and relationships support healthy brain development?
What are your strengths as a parent? How do you share these strengths with your child, with other children?
Who are the people, places or programs in your community that can help support your child?
Education for Communities, Communities for Education
Why a conversation caf format for supporting the early years?
A conversation caf format
incorporates developments in theory and practice to provide a space for parents and caregivers to:
What have we learned from our Parent Caf: Early Years pilot with Ready4Learning?
Parent Caf conversations are a flexible resource ready to be adapted for different applications. The Ready4Learning team chose this format:
Another agency found the conversation resource helpful with 1:1 in-home support for parents!
What information did parents find most helpful from their experience with Early Years conversations at Ready4Learning?
What parents learned and found most helpful from participating in Parent Caf: the Early Years
Understanding kids have stress (8); strategies to help with stress (2)
Serve and return (7)
Conversation format in a parent community context offered validation and affirmation, hearing from other parents with similar experiences (5)
Air traffic control (2)
Importance of play (2)
Positive brain development; the core story video
Parenting strategies (i.e. remembering to talk with not at (3), dont use dont (2), eye contact, give your child undivided attention (2), count to 10 to allow child to process)
5 areas of development (3)
What did parents report they had done differently after their participation in the Early Years caf conversations?
Parents and caregivers applying their learning
More time actually listening/ giving undivided attention (8)
Using breathing to calm tantrums and regulate emotion (for myself and child) (6)
Awareness when the kids are stressed and helping to de-stress and reduce stress (3)
More interaction/play/serve and return (5)
More dedicated playtime (2)
Allowing more input, letting them have their voice, its your turn next (2)
Working to talk and speak WITH (2)
Watching my tone of voice (2)
General awareness with interactions I focus on how I interact, from play to speaking and listening.
Thinking about SPICE
Giving more time for child to process and respond
What were the reflections from the Ready4Learning team about using the Early Years conversation resource?
Ready 4 Learnings team reflects on the early years conversations
What are next steps for sharing theParent Caf: the Early Years resources and learnings?
Caf committed to:
Sharing the Parent Caf
Early Years resource with
More Early Years
Parent Caf to come
The Early Years Opportunity
Building a Strong Foundation
Supporting Early Literacy
More on Social and Emotional Development
Physical Health and Wellness
Education for Communities, Communities for Education
Join the conversation Host your own Early Years conversation cafs!
Caf invites you to explore and use our resources
in a way that works for you or your organization and the parents you hope to host.
Our conversation starters, orientation sessions, reference materials and ongoing support for Parent Caf conversation hosts are designed to support your work and passion.
In return, Caf asks that you share your learnings and experiences when using these resources within your organization and community.
Do you see using these resources in your work and/or community?What format may work best for parents or caregivers in your community?
Exploring the Early Years conversation opportunity in your work/community
Are these materials aligned with your goals for your work and/or your community?
How could this conversation resource support the parents/caregivers in your work/community?
What unique strengths would you/your organization bring to the Early Years conversation cafs?
What group of parents/caregivers would you/your organization like to host in conversation?
How are you willing to share your experiences and learning to contribute to further conversations?