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.

There are currently 47 SaCC projects located in 48 NSW public schools in communities experiencing marked challenges of disadvantage.

Evaluation framework

SaCCs use results-based accountability to identify positive outcomes for families and children participating in activities. 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.

Schools as Community Centres (SaCC) Evaluation Toolkit 2019 (PDF 1.19 MB)

Schools as Community Centres (SaCC) Annual Results Based Report 2017
(PDF 1.16 MB)

Schools as Community Centres (SaCC) Annual Results Based Report 2016 (PDF 1.62 MB)


Further information


  • Early learning

Business Unit:

  • Curriculum and Reform
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