The Parental and Community Engagement (PaCE) Program is a community driven program which focuses on the development and implementation of creative and innovative approaches to improve the educational outcomes of Indigenous school students through enhancing Indigenous parental engagement with schools and education providers.
The PaCE Program supports Indigenous families and communities to "reach in" to schools and education providers and to develop partnerships with them with the aim of enhancing their children's educational outcomes.
Indigenous PaCE Playgroups - Ipswich Project
Playgroup Queensland has received PaCE funding to build parent' / caregivers' capacity to participate in educational decision making, develop partnerships with schools and improve educational outcomes for children through school-based Playgroups. The project spans across four schools: Ipswich North SS, Leichardt SS, Ipswich West SS and Brassall SS.
The four Playgroups continue to grow and parents and caregivers are active participants in the learning and teaching processes. Successful transitions to the non-compulsory Prep year have occurred. Relevant connections to the broader community grow developmentally out of the needs of the families. Most of all, a lot of fun, laughter, eating, making new friends and quality play experiences happen each week.
The Darling Downs & South West Playgroups PaCE Project
The Darling Downs & South West Playgroups PaCE project has been developed as a phase 2 of the successful strategic early intervention initiative implemented through the previous Southwest Playgroups Project – supporting Indigenous parent’s aspirations of continuous growth and development of this initiative.
The Darling Downs & South West Playgroups PaCE is a project developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the Darling Downs and Southwest. It will build capacity in the community by supporting parents and family members to become engaged early, in their young children’s learning.
The Darling Downs & South West Playgroups PaCE project:
- Is aimed at parent development and empowerment
- Will accommodate various educational needs for parents and their child/ren
- Will develop resources specifically for early years learning
- Will raise the importance and identify benefits of activities that support social interaction and educational activities.
This initiative will also provide the tools for the Communities & Parents to have confidence and ability to address issues that affect them and their child's early development.
The project will strategically align with DET priorities, national partnerships and focus schools across the Darling Downs and Southwest.