Proud to launch the ACT Children First Alliance

Dear Y members, staff, volunteers and our Y community, 

I am delighted to confirm that this morning we joined with nine other not-for-profit Children’s Services providers to launch the Children First Alliance. The Alliance was formally launched by Yvette Berry MLA, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development. 

The Children First Alliance will present a new vision for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in the ACT. 

The ACT Children First Alliance is a network of longstanding not-for-profit providers of children’s services in the Australian Captial Territory (ACT), including early learning centres, family day care, preschool and after-school care. Together we operated 46 ELCs with 3,543 places. 

We have created a plan for ECEC in the ACT underpinned by six principles: children first, evidence, quality, equity, accessibility, whole of child; whole of community

Our five-point plan includes developing an ACT early years strategy, providing ongoing funding for preschool for 4-year-old children and extending access to 3-year-olds, reaching children experiencing disadvantage, considering community need in planning decisions for new centres and strengthening school-age care.

I will be keeping you informed of the work that the Alliance is doing and opportunities for our educators to support these important strategies to create a positive change in the lives of children. 

Please share this exciting initiative, and please don’t hesitate to provide me comment and feedback about the Alliance and its strategy.

With thanks,


Darren Black 
YMCA Canberra