A $49.3 million investment in a long-term early childhood initiative has been announced by the State Government, Minderoo Foundation and Telethon Kids Institute.

The Early Years Initiative is an unprecedented 10-year partnership which will link community leaders, government, researchers, business and philanthropic organisations.

They will work closely with WA communities to look at better ways of designing and delivering services for children aged 0-4 years, and their families.

Four communities will elect to take part in the initiative, from metropolitan, regional, remote and very remote locations. These locations are yet to be confirmed.

The Early Years Initiative is a response to research which suggests that many children aged 0-4 years old in WA are not reaching developmental milestones before school age.

It will support local communities to implement a range of evidence-based changes to make better use of existing services and supports for families with young children.

Learnings from the Initiative will be shared in order to improve early childhood outcomes across the State.

Further information on the Early Years Initiative can be found here.

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