In this section
Goodstart Early Learning has
formed a research partnership with the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH)
at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the Melbourne Graduate School of
Education at the University of Melbourne and CoLab – Collaborate for Kids at Telethon
Kids Institute to evaluate the Enhancing Children’s Outcomes (EChO) program.
EChO is a targeted approach
within Goodstart’s Social Inclusion Strategy that builds on the organisation’s
universally available early learning and care programs. It uses an enhanced
service delivery model to provide wrap-around intensive and sustainable
resources to Goodstart Early Learning Centres located in communities where
children are vulnerable to poor outcomes.
Led by CCCH, the EChO evaluation
aims to demonstrate how and to what extent the program is achieving its
intended outcomes and is creating the right conditions for:
The findings will inform
Goodstart’s ongoing program implementation, as well as the continuing
development of the organisation’s inclusion policy and practices.
anticipated that the research findings will be relevant to other early
learning and care providers and will contribute to the literature on service provision in communities where children are vulnerable to
This work strongly aligns with
the CCCH commitment to building a robust evidence base for how early years
services can support the wellbeing of vulnerable children and families in our
For more information on the Enhancing Children’s Outcomes Program (EChO) Evaluation, contact Sue West, Associate Director, CCCH.
The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.