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Children’s Protection Society

Children’s Protection Society is an independent child welfare organisation based in Melbourne with a mission to break the cycle of abuse and neglect in families and improve the life chances and choices for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.

The Early Years Care and Education Research Project is a three year pilot which will develop a model of intensive care and support for children aged 0-4 years who are at risk of abuse and neglect. The project is taking place at the CPS Child and Family Centre in West Heidelberg, Victoria. Based on extensive international research, the project will provide up to 25 hours a week of intensive care with an in-centre primary carer for each child to promote attachment-based development and growth.

The provision of high quality early years education and care alleviates the effects of trauma and harm. This project will demonstrate the impact of a centre-based intensive early years day care program on the educational and social outcomes for at-risk children.

The project is being supported by philanthropy and government. The philanthropic collaborative includes the Sidney Myer Fund, the Ian Potter Foundation and the RE Ross Trust. The evaluation of the program by the University of Melbourne aims to influence policy, funding and staffing models for Commonwealth funded long day care and State funded kindergartens. 

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