“Highly engaged communities maximizing their capacity”. Café’s asset-based orientation; a belief that ‘the cup is half full’ is fundamental to an approach that focuses on strengths and possibilities, highlighting unlimited opportunities to support healthy development, literacy and learning.
Café facilitates individual and collective capacity-building and learning for caring adults to support the potential of young children through a conversation approach and community building lens.
What are the possibilities? We see the development of strong, healthy individuals and communities when our children are fully supported to reach their potential. There has been an explosion of knowledge and learning around development and learning and best practices for supporting children that is ripe for sharing outward. Many homes, schools, and communities are rich with untapped assets, resources and supports. With many resources and supports in place, building the capacity of community to access what is already there can be the missing piece. Bringing people together and harnessing the power of relationships is key to engaging all assets. When people first come together in conversation and dialogue around things they care deeply about, anything can happen…
With these considerations, Café supports family workers, parent and school leaders, teachers and community educators with mentorship, facilitation, and resources to create a space for this to happen. Organizations supporting families and young children can begin by considering:
What’s already working and in place to build on?
Is there a role for further dialogue and collective learning in support of our children?
Café’s Guiding Principles
- Each educational community has a unique combination of strengths and assets that can be fully mobilized to achieve educational goals.
- Working together, parents, schools and communities can build an environment of active engagement, where citizens can make a positive contribution toward healthy development, learning and social and economic development.
- Every individual and learning community context must be understood within the their own contextual environment that includes elements such as personal experience, local community, culture, practice and policy frameworks.