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Early Childhood Development

ClosedGrant Opened: 7th of December 2023 Closed: 26th of March 2024 - 5:00 pm Value: $100,000 to 0 to unspecified maximum over multiple years Run By: The Ian Potter Foundation Further Information: https://www.ianpotter.org.au/what-we-support/program-areas/early-childhood-development/

The early years are a critical period for brain development. During that time children learn social, interpersonal, and cognitive skills that help them lead healthy, happy lives and participate in learning and work.

Early interventions are both cost-effective in that they reduce long-term costs to society, have the benefit of early mitigation of problems that can cause significant lifelong anguish and enhance the chances of children thriving throughout their lives. 

The Foundation’s Early Childhood Development program seeks to improve learning and development outcomes for Australian children (aged 0-8 years) by supporting targeted and universal programs.  


  • To support innovative projects that target vulnerable communities that seek to improve child development outcomes and have potential for scale. 
  • To scale and consolidate successful evidence programs to a point of sustainability. 
  • To support initiatives that seek to better integrate fractured services/systems in early childhood, improve access to and quality of ECEC and/or strengthen the ECEC workforce.  
  • To develop shared measurement tools and or resources for the early childhood sector.    
  • To evaluate large scale interventions (particularly randomised control trials) that contribute to enhancing the evidence base for early years intervention.  

The Foundation has a particular interest in programs that recognise and foster parental engagement in their children’s learning and development and prioritise support for programs that engage with or target parents.  

Last Updated: 4th of December 2023
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