Children First Alliance Launches in Canberra

22 September 2017

Today the Deputy Chief Minister, Yvette Berry, officially launched the Children First Alliance (the Alliance), a network of not-for-profit children’s services providers in the ACT.

Belconnen Community Service  is a proud member of the Alliance, which also includes Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT, Communities@Work, Community Services #1, Goodstart Early Learning ACT, Manuka Child Care Centre (MOCCA), Northside Community Service, Woden Community Service, YMCA Canberra, and YWCA Canberra. The ten organisations that make up the Alliance operate 46 Early Learning Centres with 3,543 places.

The Alliance has come together to develop a shared vision for early childhood education in the ACT and to ensure that all children have access. The Alliance has identified six principles for early childhood education and care; children first, evidence, quality, equity, accessibility and whole of child, whole of community.

The Alliance has also outlined a five point plan:

  1. Develop an ACT Early Years Strategy;
  2. Provide ongoing funding for preschool for 4 year olds and extending access to 3 year olds;
  3. Reach children experiencing disadvantage;
  4. Consider community need in planning decisions for new centres; and
  5. Strengthen school age care.

The ACT Government is currently leading the ‘Future of Education’ reform process which provides a great opportunity to ensure that ECEC is future ready and puts children first.

If you’re keen to find out more about the Alliance or to support our activities in the Future of Education reform process, visit

photo of child giving gift to woman

Yvette Berry MLA receives a gift

Photo of Aboriginal woman giving speech

Auntie Agnes Shae welcomes attendees to Ngunnawal country

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