Rural Early Childhood Education (REACH) program
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The REACH program was established in 2009 to support the delivery of early childhood education across rural and remote Australia. The program ran for three years and funded 227 projects across Australia to the value of $1,621,624.
The grants supported community based preschools and kindergartens, not-for-profit long day care or occasional care centres, playgroups, neighbourhood centres and toy libraries.
Early childhood centres are a key part of community infrastructure because they provide learning opportunities and support for families during the formative years, and often act as a meeting place or hub for social interaction.
The success and experience of the REACH program informed the creation of the REAPing Rewards program.