Wodonga children learning to improve the future

Bill Tilley and Rod Wangman with some of the children who will benefit from a funding boost they announced yesterday for the Access to Early Learning program. Picture: DAVID THORPE

Bill Tilley and Rod Wangman with some of the children who will benefit from a funding boost they announced yesterday for the Access to Early Learning program. Picture: DAVID THORPE

OPPORTUNITIES for Wodonga children from struggling families to become better learners will be created with a grant from the Victorian government.

Member for Benambra Bill Tilley said $570,000 would be delivered over three years to the Wodonga-based Access to Early Learning program, which supports home study and helps parents establish transport arrangements for their children.

Mr Tilley made the announcement at Belgrade Avenue Preschool yesterday, on behalf of Victorian Children and Early Childhood Development Minister Wendy Lovell.

“There are families who need additional help,” he said.

“We don’t want any children slipping through the cracks.”

Mr Tilley said it was vital to engage children in learning at a young age.

“If we start at the very start we can enhance their success in the future,” he said.

“They will then be able to self-motivate, self-discipline and participate.”

Wodonga mayor Rod Wangman said the grant would create a better future for the city.

“We are very pleased the minister was able to give further support to those people in their vital years,” Cr Wangman said.

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