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Your Child – Your Community

This Cafe offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to explore the many ways to build their child’s learning community by:

  • examining the importance of building community connections to support learning and healthy development.
  • highlighting the many existing community assets that can drawn on to build a strong learning community.
  • considering the opportunities for sharing their strengths and talents with all children. 
  • identifying local opportunities to build connections and relationships at the community level in support of learning.

Parent leaders and educators will find thought provoking questions to inspire parent conversation, followed by discussion points that can be used to add to and further stimulate the conversation. It is Cafe’s experience that together most parents, given the opportunity, will raise many of the suggested discussion points. In this way the capacity of the group is built, while highlighting collective wisdom. The questions have been designed to lead from one to another however it is provided only as a guide to spark conversation. All of the questions may not be needed to reach the goals of the conversation and your conversation may naturally follow a different path.

For Hosts leading a conversation Café,  the conversation is presented in a Power Point, 2 slides/page format, that permits easy reference between questions and suggested discussion points.

Your child your community Conversation Guide

The following set of notes provides additional information for facilitators leading the Café, or parents wishing to delve further into the topic. Each page of information corresponds to one question from the conversation guide.

Your Child – Your Community Hosting guide coming soon!

Your Child – Your Community:  Accompanying Resources

These suggested quality resources are a starting point to guide parents in making connections with schools and community organizations and institutions working to provide support for learning. Resources are organized in the order they appear and are suggested throughout the conversation notes.  Café graciously accepts suggestions of additional quality resources focusing on the parent-school partnership.  Do you have a resource to share?

Your Child – Your Community – Resources coming soon!