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Rosemary Cahill, Karen Lombardi, Renee Teal, Donna Hill, Joelie Mandzufas
WA State Government (WA Departments of Communities, Education and Health)
The Early Years Initiative (EYI) is a ten-year partnership involving the Western Australian State Government (Departments of Communities, Education and Health), philanthropy (Minderoo Foundation), and four Western Australian ‘partner’ communities experiencing adversity: one remote, one very remote, one regional and one metropolitan. The EYI aims to learn alongside the partner communities to design and implement actions that improve the development, health and learning of children from conception to four, and create lasting change. It is anticipated that lessons from the EYI may be scaled in the future to other communities.
Telethon Kids Institute has been engaged to conduct a comprehensive and independent evaluation of the EYI. The Evaluation will investigate what changes for whom and in what circumstances over time, and the extent to which these changes can be attributed to the EYI. The Evaluation comprises several sub-studies investigating the impact on child outcomes at individual, family and community levels and runs from 2018 until 2028.
At present, one in five children in Western Australia is considered vulnerable on one or more developmental domains at five years of age, as measured by the Australian Early Development Census. Vulnerability through the crucial early years of life frequently leads to negative life-long consequences. The EYI will empower and support communities to identify what works best in their community context to help their young children to thrive, based on evidence and research.