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This 2010-2014 project is the extension of the evaluation of a Better Beginnings pilot program, in which kindergarten and pre-primary children and their teachers were given a reading resource pack to support early literacy through home / school partnerships.
In 2013, the Early Years team completed the second phase of their evaluation of the State Library's Better Beginnings Program, led by Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh. One of six programs evaluated, "Better Beginnings for Four and Five Year Olds", was delivered through kindergarten and Pre-Primary schools, in metropolitan and regional areas. The research team found that teachers, parents and children were very enthusiastic about the resources, it helped to make connections between school and home and introduced children to the library as well as supporting early literacy. The full report is available at the Better Beginnings website.
Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh
Ms Mary Vajda
Mrs Cindy McLean