Local program proving a success for young minds
25 March 2019
A significant decline in the vulnerability of Benalla children entering primary school is largely credited to the hard work and commitment of the local community.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said that the latest results of the Australian Early Development Census found for the first time, the vulnerability of Benalla’s children has decline considerably due to the magnificent work done by the Tomorrow Today Foundation.
“Since the last census in 2015, there has been a significant decrease in the number of kids entering primary school at risk on the measures of both social competence and emotional maturity with a 6.5 per cent and 5.6 per cent decrease respectively,” Ms Ryan said.
“The census further found an 8.9 per cent increase for kids developmentally on track at school with basic and advanced literacy and numeracy skills.
“These results are, without a doubt, are a credit to the work down by Tomorrow Today through their Parents’ Early Education Partnership (PEEP) Early Years program that aims to have all children ready to learn when they start school.
“This is the first time participants in the Early Years program have been measured by the census, with the first group of children having just began their primary school studies.
“This is an amazing community success story from a community that have worked tirelessly hard for the better part of a decade to improve the lives of young children and their families in Benalla.
“The Nationals pledged $1 million if we were elected to government last year to assist families in regional and rural communities through PEEP to help give country kids the best start in life with early educational skills.
“Tomorrow Today currently does not receive any government funding and is reliant on the support of philanthropic grants and local donations.
“This is a great example of where the government could partner with the Benalla community and continue to improve the lives of the region’s youngest residents so that they can have a vibrant and positive educational journey.”