CPD’s Early Childhood Development Initiative - Evidence Pack 1: building the case for reform

Early childhood development Family services Maternal and infant welfare Australia

CPD’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Initiative is working with sector leaders, senior officials and experts to catalyse progress towards a better ECD system, to improve outcomes for children, families and their communities. It involves a national ECD Council, and a scoping study to build the evidence base for reform.

Now is the opportunity to reposition early childhood development (ECD) as a major driver of economic and social outcomes for all Australians. The short-term and long-term prosperity of our communities depends on getting it right for children and families, especially the most vulnerable. In order to fully realise these benefits, Australia needs to put children on the national policy agenda.

This evidence pack has been adapted from materials prepared by the CPD team for the first two meetings of the ECD Council. While it incorporates ECD Council feedback, it should not be considered representative of an agreed view of Council, or as representing the views of individual Council participants or their organisations.

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