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Start Strong Pathways is a program that helps provide educational supports for very young children prior to preschool enrolment, strengthens the engagement of children within these services, and helps promote the importance of early childhood education to parents.


Start Strong Pathways has three core objectives:

  • support educational engagement of children too young to receive a preschool education
  • support pathways to preschool
  • promote the importance of early childhood education to parents and communities

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for Start Strong pathways, services must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a not-for-profit community-based service
  • engage a certificate III or diploma qualified early childhood educator, early childhood education teacher, or other person with a relevant tertiary qualification to run or design the service activities
  • have established links with early childhood education providers
  • comply with the Terms and Conditions of the Early Childhood Education Grants Program.

Priority of Funding

Priority will be given in the assessment process to:

  • services transitioning to Start Strong Pathways from the Long Day Care, Occasional Care, Vacation Care or Early Childhood Projects funding programs as part of the Early Childhood Education Grants Program
  • services engaging with vulnerable community groups with limited access to early childhood education in the area which they service. This could include any of the following demographic groups:
    • children with disability
    • Aboriginal children
    • children from low income families
    • children from a culturally and linguistically diverse background
    • children who are at risk of significant harm (from a child protection perspective)
    • socially isolated families.

Closing date: 31 January 2018

More information

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