Children in the ACT will have access to 600 hours of quality preschool in 2019 after the Morrison Government reached agreement with the Territory Government.
The Morrison Government will provide $18.3 million throughout 2018 and 2019 to the ACT after it became the second jurisdiction to sign on to the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education. Victoria signed up shortly before moving into caretaker mode.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the agreement would benefit around 7,000 children in Canberra.
"Since 2013, our Government has made $49.8 million available to families in the ACT for preschool," Mr Tehan said.
"Across Australia, around $870 million is being provided to ensure almost 350,000 children have access to 15 hours of quality early learning each week.
"Our Government is supporting Australian families to work and get their children the best start in education through our Child Care Subsidy and funding for preschools.
"We understand funding certainty is important for families, governments and the sector as a whole.
"There is nothing stopping other state and territory governments from following suit and signing on to the National Partnership extension for 2019.
"I would like to thank the ACT Government for its commitment to children in the ACT."