Education Minister Kate Jones visited Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre this month and proudly launched the $10.56 million Pathways for Early Learning and Development (PELD) program which commences in January 2018.

The four-year program has been developed following the success of the Intensive Early Childhood Development (IECD) pilot which supported the early learning and development needs of 237 vulnerable children and their families across six locations in Queensland.

Some of the outcomes of the pilot included improved school readiness, parenting skills and confidence, and positive parent-child relationships, as well as an increase in parents’ capacity to access specialised support services.

PELD will continue the work of the IECD pilot, focussing on children experiencing vulnerability while also addressing ongoing family needs. The program contributes to increased participation in kindy, successful transitions to Prep and importantly, reduces the risk of children entering the child protection system.

An open market grant process is currently underway to secure PELD service providers to deliver the program across 12 priority locations throughout Queensland.

For more information, visit the Early Childhood website