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Child and Family Partnership

The Child and Family Partnership is made up of approximately 60 community partners, service providers and children’s services providers, on local, regional, state and federal level.

Their role is to encourage community partnership as a key way to meet the actions identified within the City of Greater Dandenong Children's Plan and the Best Start Logic Model.

The Child and Family Partnership welcomes parent and community participation at the partnership meetings. This would involve attending the bi monthly meetings, hearing about local programs and services being offered for local families and having the opportunity to provide feedback to local community partners.

If you would like to attend the meetings and become involved as a community participant, contact the Best Start Community Facilitator on 8571 1839 or via email ChildrenServAdminSupport@cgd.vic.gov.au.


Best Start

Best Start is an early years initiative to support families and caregivers to provide the best possible environment, experiences and care for children from birth to age eight.

The program focuses on children experiencing vulnerability and all Aboriginal children.

Best Start partnerships use local data and community knowledge to identify those who are experiencing vulnerability at their sites.

Communities and service providers collaborate to address issues as they are experienced at a neighbourhood or regional level.

This localised, targeted way of finding solutions to problems faced by families has been shown to be extremely effective. Efforts are focused on boosting children's participation in the programs such as kindergarten and maternal and child health (MCH) services.

The program also puts in place prevention strategies, such as providing referral pathways when targeted supports are required.

There are 30 Best Start project sites across the state. Six of these sites focus specifically on working with Aboriginal communities. Local partnerships are the cornerstone of each project site.

Department of Education and Training - Best Start

Best Start Policy and Guidelines

For further information contact Customer Service on 8571 1000 or via email ChildrenServAdminSupport@cgd.vic.gov.au.