Aboriginal children and families at six Aboriginal early years services delivering kindergarten will benefit from new funding by the Victorian Government.
The Government is providing up to $1.6 million over the next two years for the services to implement evidence based strategies around early intervention and prevention.
This could include tailored support for children and families experiencing family violence and specialist support from allied health professionals.
The Aboriginal community-based early years services to receive this funding are:
- Yappera Children’s Services in Thornbury
- Berrimba Child Care Centre in Echuca
- Lula’s Child and Family Centre in Shepparton
- Murray Valley Aboriginal Early Learning Centre in Robinvale
- Bubup Wilam in Thomastown
- Dala Yooro in Bairnsdale
This work builds on the Government’s $572 million response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which includes $25.7 million to work with Aboriginal communities in addressing family violence.
Earlier this year, the Government’s $168 million Roadmap for Reform was introduced to shift the children and family services system from crisis response to prevention and early intervention.
It includes major investments in support services for vulnerable families, extra child protection workers, culturally sensitive support for Aboriginal children, and more foster and kinship carers, including Aboriginal carers.