Media release also with the Hon Mark Butler MP, Member for Port Adelaide.
Australian families from another 15 communities will benefit from the expansion of an innovative program that helps parents prepare children for a successful start at school.
The Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis, and the Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion, today announced the expansion of $32.5 million Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY).
Speaking at a community centre in South Australia’s Mansfield Park, one of 35 communities currently benefitting from the program, Ms Ellis and Mr Champion also announced the partner organisations that will deliver HIPPY in the new locations.
“All children deserve the best possible start to their education, and the expansion of this program will help more parents and carers provide this for their children,” Ms Ellis said.
“HIPPY empowers parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher, giving them educational resources and home tutors to help up to 3000 families prepare their children for school.
“The program will be expanded to a further five locations in New South Wales, four in Victoria, three in Queensland, two in South Australia and one in Western Australia in 2011.
“The addition of another 15 locations for this program delivers on the Government’s election commitment to take the home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program to 50 communities across Australia.”
“Two of the new HIPPY locations announced today will be delivered in my electorate, and I am delighted that families in Wakefield will benefit from this program,” Mr Champion said.
“HIPPY will also offer some parents and carers a supported pathway to employment and local community leadership in Wakefield.”
The Member for Port Adelaide, Mark Butler, also welcomed the announcement.
“Families in the program at Mansfield Park Community Centre have already received great benefits from HIPPY, and I have no doubt that communities at the new locations will benefit from the same success,” Mr Butler said.
“The partner organisations announced already have a great record in supporting families in need, and I am delighted that they are partnering with the Government to deliver this program.”
HIPPY currently operates in 35 locations across Australia, including eight in New South Wales, eight in Victoria, five in Queensland, three in South Australia, two in Western Australia, six in Tasmania, two in the Northern Territory and one in the Australian Capital Territory.
Locations are selected in areas of disadvantage with a high proportion of families with young children.
Partner organisations will work with HIPPY Australia, a program run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Details of the new locations and partner organisations are attached.
Further information is available at www.hippyaustralia.org.au.
|State||Locations||New partner organisation and/or provider of the program|
|NSW||Fairfield (catchment extending to East Fairfield and Villawood)||Uniting Care Burnside|
|NSW||Nowra||Nowra Family Support Services|
|NSW||West Tamworth||Tamworth Family Support Services|
|VIC||Broadmeadows/Dallas||Brotherhood of St Laurence|
|VIC||Dandenong||South Eastern Region Migrant Resource Centre|
|VIC||Frankston North||Brotherhood of St Laurence|
|VIC||Robinvale||Robinvale District Health Service|
|QLD||Caboolture||Australian Red Cross Society|
|QLD||West Ipswich (catchment includes Leichhardt and One Mile)||Australian Red Cross Society|
|SA||Davoren Park||Novita Children's Services|
|SA||Salisbury North||Novita Children's Services|
|WA||East Geraldton (catchment includes Rangeway, Karloo and Utakarra)||Child Australia|