Connected Beginnings Program

Connected Beginnings is part of the Community Child Care Fund under the new child care package.

Connected Beginnings aims to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children in areas of high need, be well prepared for school by supporting Indigenous pregnant women, and Indigenous children from birth to school age. Over time it is anticipated the program will contribute to reducing the difference in school readiness and education outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

Each year around $12 million is available to integrate early childhood, maternal and child health, and family support services with schools in a selected number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities experiencing disadvantage.

Consultations and a range of important information, such as Australian Early Development Census data, were used to identify communities of high need and levels of vulnerability.

The Connected Beginnings Program includes initiatives that will:

  • provide outreach and support so more Indigenous families get involved in early childhood services
  • bring early childhood and health services together so Indigenous families have a place in their community for these services
  • improve sharing of information, so families only have to tell their story once.

While Connected Beginnings is about improving outcomes for Indigenous children, non-Indigenous families may also benefit where they access the services in the identified locations.

Connected Beginnings projects

The program will be available to a number of Indigenous communities. The Department will invite one organisation in each approved location to lead the implementation of integration activities in that area. As projects are approved details will be available on this web page.

The Connected Beginnings projects currently underway are listed below.

Location

Grant recipient

Lead agency

Alice Springs NT

Northern Territory Department of Education

Braitling Primary School

Tennant Creek NT

Northern Territory Department of Education

Tennant Creek Primary School

Galiwin'ku NT

Shepherdson College NT

Shepherdson College

Angurugu NT

Northern Territory Department of Education

Angurugu School

Doomadgee QLD

Save the Children Australia

Dumaji Children and Family Centre

Ceduna SA

South Australian Department for Education and Child Development

Ngura Yadurirn Children and Family Centre

Port Augusta SA

South Australian Department for Education and Child Development

Port Augusta Children's Centre

Mildura VIC

Mildura Primary School

Mildura Primary School

Doonside NSW

Growing Potential Limited Trading as Children First

Ngallu Wal Aboriginal Child and Family Centre

Mount Druitt NSW

Ngroo Education Incorporated

Ngroo Education

Kalgoorlie WA

Wanslea Family Services Incorporated Wanslea Family Services

Bridgewater/

Gagebrook TAS

Tasmanian Department of Education Tagari Lia Child and Family Centre

Further Information

Email: connectedbeginnings@education.gov.au

Further information on Connected Beginnings can be found on the Department of Health’s website.