Preschool Matters Program

The ACT Government recognises how important early education is, lifelong learning is the foundation for prosperity in Canberra’s second century and we want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to thrive.

Preschool is an exciting time for both parents and their children. It is the first interaction they will have with school, teachers and the education system and it is important that parents and children feel supported, engaged and involved.

In early childhood education families are seen as children’s first and most influential educators. Creating strong and effective partnerships between parents and their child’s education enhances their later learning success. It is through this that parents play a critical role as partners in ensuring our young people get the best start in life.

The Preschool Matters Program acknowledges and recognises the expertise of families in their child’s education and the importance of parental involvement and engagement in the preschool program.

The Preschool Matters Program aims to highlight the importance of early education by working with ACT preschool services and organisations. Together we acknowledge the following:

  • transitions into preschool education (enrolment and orientation processes) are supported and enhanced through parental engagement;
  • positive parental engagement in the preschool program is important and leads to improvement in both academic achievement and wellbeing.

The online resource is designed to provide support for families about local ACT preschool programs and outlines ways in which families can engage in early education.