Four preschool services in Murray will receive up to $7,000 to help increase the number of Aboriginal children and disadvantaged children participating in quality early childhood education in the year before school, as part of the NSW Government’s Community Grants program.

The successful preschools are: Deniliquin Preschool, Deniliquin Mobile Children’s Service, Griffith Central Preschool and Wentworth District Preschool.

Member for Murray Austin Evans said grants like these go a long way in communities across Murray.

“I am proud the Nationals and Liberals are investing in these initiatives that support our community preschools and the families that use these services,” Mr Evans said.

“The Community Grants are flexible and preschools can use the funding for specific individual needs, like transport initiatives for remote parts of the electorate, providing regular healthy breakfasts or new equipment like backpacks for children.”

Minister for Early Childhood Education and Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said this investment is yet another example of the NSW Nationals and Liberals Government making early childhood education more accessible for all families across NSW.

“Children have so much to gain from participating in quality early education – so programs like this where we can make preschool services more affordable and accessible for families is a no-brainer for me,” Mrs Mitchell said.

“Since the Start Strong program was introduced by the NSW Nationals and Liberals, we have already seen average daily fees reduce by 25 per cent and participation rates increase by a huge 40 per cent, and we are committed to continuing this positive trend.”

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