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Early Childhood Initiatives

We all benefit when children thrive

Families, communities, businesses, governments – we all benefit when children start school with the skills they need to learn and thrive.

But sadly today 22% of Australian children start school ‘developmentally vulnerable’ – a statistic that is even higher for children living in low socio-economic areas. Research shows that if these children start school behind, they’re likely to continue on a poor developmental trajectory at school and in later life.

We believe that the postcode people are born in should not determine their destiny, that the causes of entrenched community disadvantage in Australia are complex and that no single organisation can solve these issues alone. We need to work together to ensure every child can learn at school and thrive in later life.

Our goal is that children are successful learners and healthy in the early primary grades, so they can thrive at school and in later life.

What we’re doing

We recognise that the issues influencing early childhood vulnerability are connected.

We seek to address this by adopting a multilayered approach, which includes:
• Collective Impact initiatives like The Hive in Mt Druitt NSW
• community collaborations in ten communities of disadvantage in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland
• products and support including providing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a monthly home-delivered book program for children and parents/carers, used to strengthen and complement community organisations’ and service providers’ existing early childhood development work.

To see the impact these initiatives are making to families across the country, read:
Jane & Isabelle’s Story | Caitlin & Jazmyn’s Story | Karina & Spike’s Story | Bidelia, Jenna & Jill’s Story | Amani & Harijah’s Story | Zala & Archer’s Story

Read Suhla & Iris's StoryRead Anna & Alistair's Story

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