EXTRA $38 MILLION FOR REGIONAL PRESCHOOLS
Community preschools across the state are winners with funding initiatives worth $38 million to increase regional preschool participation in the year before school Member for Lismore Thomas George said today.
Mr George said the NSW Government is providing further funding to support community preschools in 2016:
- $16 million over three years to support local partnerships to enhance preschool participation by Aboriginal and low income families
- $14 million over three years for enhancing the Community Preschools Outreach Grants initiative
- $8 million over four years through the Capital Works Grants program.
“These initiatives complement the $45.5 million boost to preschool funding I announced two weeks ago, and will further support preschool participation in the year before school for 600 hours,” Mr George said.
“A further $16 million is being targeted toward local partnership initiatives to support the delivery of early education for Aboriginal children and those from low income families to ensure that all children can benefit from an early childhood education.
“$8 million for capital works will deliver up to 500 new community preschools places for children in the year before school to be enrolled for 600 hours per year.
“An additional 223 preschools in regional communities will receive $7,000 grants by an enhanced and extended Community Preschools Outreach Grants program.”
“This is a fantastic announcement for regional NSW and it shows that it is a priority for the NSW Government that all children have equal access to preschool programs in the year before school,” Mr George said.