Funder: Ian Potter Foundation
Grant Background: The early years are a critical period for brain development. Learning patterns are established at a young age and many students who start school behind, stay behind. Nearly one quarter (22%) of Australian children are vulnerable on one or more developmental domains when they start school (Mitchell Institute 2014); they are commencing primary school already behind.
If a child does not learn to read by age eight, it is difficult for them to catch up (Pfost et al, 2014). Early interventions are both cost-effective in that they reduce long-term costs to society, have the benefit of early mitigation of problems that can cause significant lifelong anguish and enhance the chances of our young people being good future citizens.
To improve learning and development outcomes for children this stream supports: innovative programs and sector initiatives in early childhood (0–8 years old) including, in particular, programs that recognise and foster parental engagement in their children’s learning and development.
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