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Early childhood education in the pre-school years is critical to a strong start in life. However, with more culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australian children starting school, many are missing out on early childhood education and are more likely to be developmentally vulnerable. 

We invite you to join Settlement Services International for the launch of new research that shines a light on the need to increase the participation of CALD children in early learning and development.

Learn of actions that governments, policymakers, service providers and civil society can pursue to reduce barriers and increase access to early education for culturally diverse children and their families.

When: Wednesday 31st March, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Where: Australia at Home online platform

Registration is free, but essential. Please ensure you register your attendance to receive the zoom link.

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The launch of Stronger Starts, Brighter Futures will include a response to the findings from Anne Hollonds, Australian National Children's Commissioner, followed by a panel discussion featuring esteemed speakers:


Sally Brinkman 

Sally is a paediatric epidemiologist with the majority of her research focusing on societies’ impact on child development. She is the Director of the Fraser Mustard Centre, an innovative initiative of the Telethon Kids Institute in partnership with the Department for Educationin South Australia to enhance research translation into policy and practice. Sally is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Adelaide with over 150 publications covering topics such as child development, early education, child physical activity and nutrition, poverty, inequality, and teenage pregnancy prevention.

Jay Weatherill

Before becoming Premier of South Australia, Jay was Minister for Early Childhood Development and was inspired by the work of the late Fraser Mustard, Carla Rinaldi of Reggio Children, and many others.As Premier of South Australia, he supported the development of more than 100 centres for early childhood development and parenting across the state. These centres are designed to provide integrated services, and support highly qualified practitioners seeking to connect families with the latest, evidence-based understanding of early childhood development.He is now advocating for system reform across Australia as CEO of Thrive by Five, a campaign to make Australia's early learning childcare system high quality and universally accessible.

Yamamah Agha

Yamamah joined SSI in 2011 as the Manager of the Humanitarian Settlement Program. She leads all of SSI’s Settlement Programs (HSP), which supports newcomers and other vulnerable Australians to prosper. With over 15 years’ experience assisting new arrivals to settle in Australia, Yamamah has a strong passion for delivering social justice to refugees and vulnerable groups in need. She has a particular interest in women's rights, and supporting and empowering refugee women and their families to reach their potential.

Myra Geddes

Myra brings significant experience to Goodstart, as a driving force of social policy and reform that has helped transform and improve the quality of life of Australians. She has been the senior social policy advisor to two Australian prime ministers and has worked across early childhood education and care, schools, community services and health policy at state and national levels. Myra co-wrote Preschool – Two Years are Better Than One with Dr Stacey Fox at the Mitchell Institute which aimed to help compel Australia to pursue a national commitment to ensuring all three-year-olds have access to high-quality early childhood education by offering a second year of preschool.

Anne Hollonds

Anne Hollonds commenced as National Children’s Commissioner in November 2020. Before her appointment to the role, Anne was the Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, an independent statutory authority of the Australian Government responsible for conducting research and providing advice on child and family wellbeing. In over five years in this role she was also Director of the Australian Gambling Research Centre. For more than 23 years Anne has been a Chief Executive Officer of government and nongovernment organisations focussed on policy, service delivery and research in health, education and social services, including the Benevolent Society and Relationships Australia NSW.


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