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Parents as Partners: Getting children off to a healthy start in literacy [ 2008 - 2012 ]

Research Grant

[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP0882875]

Researchers Dr SM Heath; A/Prof JF Fletcher; Dr JH Hogben; Prof DV Bishop

Brief description Our nation is best served by children getting off to a healthy start in literacy. However, almost one in six children fails to do so. This group has reduced academic and vocational options, increased social, emotional and mental health problems, higher youth unemployment, and is significantly over-represented among offenders. The nation bears the costs of these problems through reduced productivity and expenditure on unemployment benefits, social programs, mental health services, and incarceration. This project targets both these sources of loss to the nation by utilising a hitherto untapped community resource: Training parents of preschoolers to develop critical pre-literacy skills in their children at home before they begin to fail.

Funding Amount $173,510

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