Coalition pledge to boost language and literacy for vulnerable kids
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.