The Victorian Government is committed to providing high quality early learning facilities to give every child the best start in life.
Between 2014 and 2018, the government invested a record $123.6 million to build, expand and improve kindergartens across Victoria. We allocated most of this funding to local councils and other service providers through our Children's Facilities Capital Program.
The 2019-2020 State Budget allocated an additional $33.6 million over three years for the program and other initiatives to make kindergartens more inclusive. This is part of a wider record $473.2 million investment in early childhood infrastructure. This investment will support the roll out of kindergarten for every three-year-old through a co-investment approach with the sector.
This year's Children's Facilities Capital Program continues to provide funding support for existing and growing demand for four-year-old kindergarten programs and will also provide the first instalment of funding to support the roll-out of Three-year-old Kindergarten.
The Children's Facilities Capital Program offers the following grants:
'Major Grants' – funding for new early childhood services or significant upgrades
'Minor Grants' - funding for small refurbishments, expansions or IT development
We estimate this program is helping create more than 10,250 additional kindergarten places across the state for three and four-year-olds. Nearly half of these places are in high-growth areas, ensuring that families in Melbourne's newest and flourishing communities have access to a local kindergarten service.Applications for the 2019-20 grants round have now closed.
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