Early parenting centres expansion and upgrade
The $123 million early parenting centres expansion and upgrade project will more than triple the number of early parenting centres (EPCs) in Victoria. It will provide support to over 5,000 extra families each year. This means that more families with babies and young children can get the early parenting support they need – sooner and closer to home.
The project will upgrade and expand facilities at existing centres in Footscray and Noble Park. It will also build and establish four new centres in the growing areas of Frankston, Casey, Wyndham and Whittlesea. Three new centres will be built in the regional areas of Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong.
Victoria’s early parenting centres provide specialist support and deliver flexible, targeted services for families with children 0–4 years old. They aim to enhance the parent-child relationship and support parents with strategies for achieving their parenting goals. These goals are often in areas such as sleep and settling, child behaviour, and parent and child health and wellbeing.
Families and communities are being consulted as part of the expansion project. Community consultation will ensure that the new centres meet community needs and that they are well integrated with other services.
The Department of Health and Human Services has developed the Expanding Victoria’s Early Parenting Centre Network 2019-24 Strategic Framework (Word). The framework outlines the expansion and reform of Victoria’s early parenting centres. It also provides a foundation to ensure that we are designing services and centres that best meet community needs.
- FUNDING ANNOUNCED
- UPGRADE WORKS BEGIN
- UPGRADE WORKS COMPLETE
- CONSTRUCTION BEGINS (NEW CENTRES)
- CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE (NEW CENTRES)
- 2UPGRADED CENTRES
- 7NEW CENTRES
- 5,000+EXTRA FAMILIES SUPPORTED EACH YEAR
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