The Early Childhood Initiative works with leaders, researchers and public officials in the Early Childhood Development Council to continually refine and progress a new vision for a nation where every child can thrive.
In 2021 the Centre for Policy Development published the Starting Better report, which proposed the guarantee for young children and families – a new pillar of Australia’s social deal that all families can rely on.
It proposes a universal early childhood system that is high quality, equitable, affordable and accessible. The guarantee has since been referenced by numerous government stakeholders as an ideal reference point for future reforms.
The Centre for Policy Development Early Childhood Initiative continues to advise on the implementation of early childhood reforms including the expansion of paid parental leave, the design of a universal early education and care system, and historic investments in early childhood at a state and federal level.
Starting Better is a landmark report from the Centre for Policy Development’s Early Childhood Initiative that proposes a Guarantee for Young Children and Families, and provides a roadmap to make it a reality
The Early Childhood Development Council brings public officials, experts, researchers, advocates, unions and peak bodies together to discuss the direction of Australia’s early childhood system
The Centre for Policy Development shapes Australia’s early childhood policy through advice and guidance to the Early Years Strategy, the Productivity Commission, the Employment White Paper and more
At the Centre for Policy Development, our team is at the forefront of policy research and innovation in Australia.
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