Coali­tion pledge to boost lan­guage and lit­er­acy for vul­ner­a­ble kids

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Vic­to­rian Lib­eral Na­tion­als Coali­tion will tar­get early lan­guage and lit­er­acy pro­grams to com­mu­ni­ties where young chil­dren are at risk of fall­ing be­hind their peers.

As part of its pol­icy com­mit­ments lead­ing into the Novem­ber 24 state elec­tion, the Coali­tion last week an­nounced a $16 mil­lion grants pro­gram to fund com­mu­nity-driven early learn­ing pro­grams de­signed to pre­pare kids for school.

The Coali­tion wants to give young chil­dren a great start in their early years so they don’t spend their pri­mary and sec­ondary school years try­ing to catch up.

Re­search shows that young chil­dren who are given op­por­tu­ni­ties and sup­port to ex­plore, play, prob­lem solve, read and so­cialise in a group en­vi­ron­ment are bet­ter pre­pared for life and learn­ing.

The $16 mil­lion grants pro­gram is to sup­port bet­ter early lan­guage and lit­er­acy skills where it’s most needed in Vic­to­ria.

Com­mu­nity-based pro­grams in the ar­eas where chil­dren are con­sid­ered most de­vel­op­men­tally vul­ner­a­ble, as iden­ti­fied in the - vel­op­ment Cen­sus, will be el­i­gi­ble for fund­ing.

Suc­cess­ful pro­grams will need to show an in­crease in pos­i­tive lit­er­acy out­comes, im­prove­ments in school en­gage­ment and greater re­silience in chil­dren.

The Coali­tion main­tains that by im­prov­ing early learn­ing, com­mu­ni­ties can set our kids up for life and make them ready for school.

The $16 mil­lion grants pro­gram com­ple­ments the Lib­eral Fu­tures Fund, which is aimed at lift­ing ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties through bet­ter sup­port for par­ents and chil­dren in the early years of school­ing.

be in­vested in in­te­grated ed­u­ca­tion hubs – a one-stop-shop for al­lied health, early child­hood, ma­ter­nal and child health ser­vices, and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

HELP­ING KIDS AT KINDER: The Lib­eral Na­tion­als Coali­tion has pledged to fo­cus more at­ten­tion on early lan­guage and lit­er­acy if elected to gov­ern­ment.

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