Community Grants support services to increase enrolments

More than 140 community preschools in NSW have been awarded funding through the 2018 Community Grants program, and will receive up to $7,000 each, Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell has recently announced.

The aim of the Community Grants program is to increase the number of Aboriginal children and disadvantaged children enrolled in 600 hours of quality early childhood education in the year before school.

Grants have been awarded following an application based process, to enable services to offer practical assistance to children who need it most.

“This investment is about making early childhood education more accessible for all families,” Minister Mitchell said.

The grants will be used for initiatives such as providing regular breakfasts and new resources such as backpacks for children.

Some services will also use the grants to invite an Aboriginal community member into their preschool to build relationships with local families.

“Children have so much to gain from participating in quality early education – so programs like this where we can make preschool services more affordable and accessible for families are a no-brainer,” she said.

Further information on the Community Grants program is available.

Category:  July 2018,

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