Children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will benefit as parents and carers receive Australian Government support to be their child’s first - and best - teacher.
Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley today announced the providers chosen to deliver the 2014 Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) in an extra 25 Indigenous communities.
"This programme is critical in helping make a real difference in the lives of Aboriginal families and I’m excited to see it so close to starting in so many regions," Ms Ley said.
"Rolling HIPPY out to these communities means almost 2000 four-year-old children will benefit from the programme throughout the next year."
Already operating in 50 communities around Australia, HIPPY is a home-based initiative which develops foundations for school success in the home during the crucial early years.
It also offers some parents a supported pathway to employment and local level community leadership.
"I am particularly pleased we can provide the support of HIPPY to more families in rural and regional Australia," Ms Ley said.
"The new providers I announce today have a track record of success in working with families in need. I look forward to them bringing that expertise to many more families and children as they prepare for school", Ms Ley concluded.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence delivers HIPPY for the Australian Government. More than $100 million has been committed to the programme.
For more information about HIPPY, including the list of new providers, visit http://www.hippyaustralia.org.au/.
New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIPPY Communities and Programme Providers to commence early 2014
New South Wales
Albury/Wodonga – Gateway Community Health
Armidale - Armidale Family Support Service
Broken Hill - Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation
Moree - Miyay Birray
Orange - CareWest
Raymond Terrace/Port Stephens - Port Stephens Family Support Services
Wellington - Barnardos
Willmot/Shalvey/Emerton/Hebersham - Catholic Care Social Services
Bundaberg - Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme
Burdekin - Centacare Townsville
Hervey Bay - Australian Red Cross
Palm Island - Cathy Freeman Foundation
Toowoomba - Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement Corporation
Upper Ross - NQ Community Services
Warwick - Australian Red Cross
Riverland - Anglican Community Care
Murray Bridge - Anglican Community Care
City of Onkaparinga (Aldinga Beach/Christie Downs/Morphett Vale/Hackham West/
Huntfield Heights/Noarlunga Downs) - Anglicare SA
East Gippsland - UnitingCare Gippsland
La Trobe Gippsland - Anglicare Victoria
Mildura – To be confirmed
City of Armadale - Parkerville Children and Youth Care
City of Gosnells - Parkerville Children and Youth Care
East Kimberley - Wunan Foundation
Palmerston - Good Beginnings