The Victorian Government recognises the importance of establishing high-quality early childhood programs and services that support families and children. This reflects the clear evidence that involvement in early childhood programs such as kindergarten and Maternal and Child Health can lead to better outcomes for children, including improved health and wellbeing, social development and skills for learning.
Since 2010 the Victorian Government has allocated $106 million to support improvements to early childhood facilities.
The Children's Facilities Capital Program objectives include:
- contributing to the capital investment required to build community based early childhood education and care facilities that demonstrate delivery of a range of integrated services for children and their families
- assisting early childhood education and care facilities to undertake additions, renovations, maintenance, create safer environments and encourage kindergartens to meet local demand and offer more flexible services including extended hours
- upgrading facilities or fund the purchasing of equipment to create safer, more pleasant environments in which children can play, learn and develop.
The Children's Facilities Capital Program 2013-14 Grant Round is now closed.