Schools as Community Centres (SaCC)
An initiative supporting families in their local school community to enhance the early learning and wellbeing of children birth to 8 years.
Schools as Community Centres (SaCC) projects are hosted by NSW Public Schools and led by a local facilitator who coordinates and manages a range of community engagement initiatives and programs supporting families with young children. Each year around 5000 families participate in SaCC activities, including:
- supported playgroups
- early literacy activities
- transition to school strategies,
- parenting programs
- adult learning and
- health and nutrition initiatives
In 2017, there are 45 SaCC projects.
We use results-based accountability to identify positive outcomes for families and children participating in SaCC activities. SaCC families surveyed indicated that they:
- learnt more about child development and felt more confident in their parenting.
- have more people that they can turn to in the community.
- felt their children are happy and ready for kindergarten.
- are accessing new services.
- SaCC Model of service delivery 2017 - child focused, family centred (PDF 2249.9KB)
- AEDC – The Australian Early Development Census
- KidsMatter - an Australian mental health and well-being initiative set in primary schools and early childhood education and care services
- NSW Ministry of Health – Children and families
- Raising Children Network – the Australian parenting website
- Resourcing Parents - Families NSW - provides parenting education information to parents and carers of children aged 0-18
- The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia
- Central Coast Schools as Community Centres
Family and Community Engagement Manager
02 9244 5360