The Committee for International Development in the Caribbean (CIDCAR) is the regional council of the International Reading Association. It is the Standing Committee which facilitates the promotion of IRA membership and council development in the Caribbean region and identifies and/or supports professional development projects in the region. The seat of the committee is the country in which its chair resides; this is currently Jamaica. Trinidad has had the chair on several occasions. CIDAR member countries: Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Croix, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.
The International Reading Association (IRA) is the most outstanding organization in the field of reading education. It is based in the United States of America and is made up of teachers, reading specialists, reading coaches, parents and stakeholders interested in the teaching of reading. It issues up to date peer-reviewed journals of literacy research at all levels and hosts several reading conferences throughout the year. The main conference is IRA Convention held in April/May annually in a different state. The next IRA Convention will be held in New Orleans 2014.