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$3.3 million for childrens' services in Cranbourne.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2005

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders, has announced $3.3 million under the Australian government’s Communities for Children initiative for Windemere Child and Family Services in Cranbourne.

Mr Hunt said, “Windemere Child and Family Services will be engaged to drive and manage a community development approach to improve outcomes for young children with in the Cranbourne Community.

They will fund activities and services for early childhood initiatives for children aged five years and under, which may include early learning and literacy programs, playgroups, parenting programs, child nutrition and early skills development.

Together with the local community, Windemere Child and Family Services, will develop a Community Strategic Plan, which will outline how the funding will be distributed to groups within the local community who provide services that meet the needs of children.

In short, it is a pilot study that will bring together a range of social services.

The initiative is based on evidence that effective intervention in early childhood years leads to better life chances for vulnerable children, including better education and employment outcomes.

I congratulate Mr Ray Canobie, General Manager, Windemere Child and Family Services and his team for their initiative and gaining funding through a competitive process. They have been chosen on the basis of being best placed to facilitate the delivery of services for young children within the local community.

Cranbourne is recognisably a growing family community and I am delighted that the Australian government has make a strong commitment to improving services to children throughout the region.