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Lessons from Sesame Street

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Not very many television shows can claim that they have helped millions of children. But Sesame Street can. A study first written in 2015 but recently published in the American Economic Journal quantifies just how big a difference the show made, comparing the educational and professional achievements of children who had access to the show compared to those who didn’t.
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Stories of the Invisible Children

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The Invisible Children report (2017) put forward several recommendations to tackle the growing developmental challenges facing Australian children. Stories of The Invisible Children examines the lived experiences of children, teachers and community members from rural towns across NSW between 2017 and 2018.
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Lifting our Game

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The Review has been asked to consider, and make recommendations on, the most effective interventions to be deployed in early childhood, with a focus on school readiness, improving achievement in schools and future success in employment or further education. (See terms of reference, page 96.) It addresses these vital issues in full awareness of the range of policy goals served by early childhood provision and the efforts across jurisdictions to overcome historical divisions between care-focused and education- focused services.
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The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey

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Commenced in 2001, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey is a nationally representative longitudinal study of Australian households. The study is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and is managed by the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research at the University of Melbourne. Roy Morgan Research has conducted the fieldwork since Wave 9 (2009), prior to which The Nielsen Company was the fieldwork provider.
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Talking about Early Childhood Development in Australia

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This guide is part of the Core Story for Early Childhood Development and Learning in Australia, commissioned by CoLab, a partnership between the Telethon Kids Institute and the Minderoo Foundation. It builds on previous work on early childhood and parenting in Australia and precedes a comprehensive re-framing strategy to be published in 2020.
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Gap Taskforce on Early Education

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M​ore than one in five children in Australia are vulnerable to falling behind in at least one of five key developmental areas when they begin school. For Indigenous children, the number rises to two in five. And while funding for early childhood has been increasing, the gap between children in most disadvantaged and least disadvantaged areas has continued to widen since 2009.
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Low Income and Poverty Dynamics

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The existing evidence about the relationship between poverty and child outcomes suggests that it is not completely clear whether it is low income itself, or the complex set of circumstances that lead to poverty, that often results in poorer developmental outcomes. Improved knowledge of the mechanisms of this relationship will assist in determining the most effective way to improve the life chances of children whose families experience financial disadvantage.
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