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Foundational Research

Science and research from across fields of study have confirmed the critical nature of the early years of a child’s life, having lifelong impacts on learning, behavior and health, both physical and mental. The Core Story of Brain development articulates the impacts of early relationships, interactions and environment on the developing brain. The role of parents, caregivers, other caring adults and the broader community in helping children to reach their potential is undeniable.  Links between positive engagement and supportive networks with healthy development and positive learning outcomes for children are well established. Café’s work is focused on supporting this influential role and the growing rationale for adopting a strength-based, community orientation for building supportive, healthy environments for children. (see foundational research links below and Café’s framework).

With access to developments in research along with knowledge of best practise, we as parents, caregivers, educators and the broader community can make informed choices about the day-to-day interactions with our children to best support healthy development and learning. The following organizations offer a consolidation of quality research and resources in key areas. Most current and emerging research is often shared on the Twitter accounts of these groups. Cafe offers a consolidation of some foundational articles informing our work in our Cafe’s Resource Library .

Communities and early childhood development

Communities and literacy and learning

The Power of Conversation

Asset-based community development