10 AugNew Closing the Gap Implementation Plan including funding for early learning

Posted on 10 Aug 2021

The Closing the Gap Implementation Plan has just been released. It is includes promising data that Australia is progressing well towards its goal of having 95% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children enrolled in four-year-old preschool by 2025. The plan includes new funding, including for the early years.

As part of the Closing the Gap Initiative, the Commonwealth is providing $9 million funding to replicate the Early Years Education Program in four sites across Victoria and Queensland, including one dedicated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

ELAA member – Kids First – initiated, designed, trialled and funded the model and is a research partner with Melbourne university, awaiting the 3rd year research results. The 2nd year results found large positive impacts on children’s development.

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