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Research tells us the importance of a strong foundation of early development for literacy and learning. This informs us with concrete actions to support young children to be strong readers and learners. We now know that a child’s environment and the role of parents and caring adults can help provide a love of reading and develop the much needed vocabulary for future success. 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 emerging research and knowledge of best practise around literacy development, we as parents, caregivers, educators and the broader community can make informed choices about the day-to- day interactions that best support our children. The following organizations offer a consolidation of quality research and resources in the key areas that contribute to strong readers and reading communities. Cafe recommends following these organizations on Twitter to access the most current and emerging research. Cafe offers a consolidation of some foundational articles informing our work in our Resource Library .

Communities and literacy and learning

Communities and early childhood development

The Power of Conversation

Asset-based community development