Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Education spokesperson
If the Hodgman Government is serious about strengthening families and lifting education outcomes, it will commit to funding the continued rollout of Child and Family Centres in rural and regional communities.
Child and Family Centres are key social infrastructure that strengthen family connections and engage parents in their child's learning.
The Greens recognise the construction of CFCs has stalled under the Liberals, despite the obvious need in communities, for example, like Sorell.
That is why our alternative approach lays out the rationale and funding for building 15 new CFCs across the State, to build on gains currently being made where CFCs are already located.*
Changes to the Education Act to lower the school starting age caused significant community angst, which is why the Education Minister sought to buy time on its implementation.
The evidence base for sending toddlers to school remains weak while the evidence in favour of continuing the rollout of community-led Child and Family Centres is unarguable.
* Greens' Policy Initiative, released August 2016, available - https://tasmps.greens.org.au/sites/tasmps.greens.org.au/files/Supporting...