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Early Childhood Development


CPD’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Initiative aims to elevate children on the national policy agenda by developing a vision for an integrated ECD system that will deliver benefits for children, families and communities, particularly those facing disadvantage. The ECD initiative works with policy-makers, early childhood sector leaders and experts to create space for new, collaborative policy thinking and action. The Initiative comprises two parts:

  • The ECD Council brings together policy-makers and experts to engage with evidence, develop policy options, and share ideas.
  • The Scoping Study translates new and existing evidence into resources and models to inform better policy decisions.

The ECD Council and Scoping Study are working to strengthen the connections between the ECD policy process, and evidence from practice and research.

Latest Articles


Leslie Loble, Travers McLeod & Jen Jackson: America has a big-picture vision for its children, so why don’t we?

Georgia Wilkinson - September 2021

Published in The Age on September 1, 2021 Amid fears about the long-term impact of COVID on kids, it’s worth reflecting on the bigger picture for children in Australia – the story...

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New Materials: Early Childhood Initiative Evidence Pack 1

Georgia Wilkinson - July 2021

CPD’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Initiative is pleased to release its first evidence pack: ‘Building the Case for Reform’. The evidence pack has been adapted from materials prepared by the...

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Introducing CPD’s Early Childhood Development Initiative

communications - May 2021

CPD’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Initiative aims to elevate children on the national policy agenda by developing a vision for an integrated ECD system that will deliver benefits for children,...

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