Rationale & Background National and international evidence Extensive national and international research from many different fields has consistently demonstrated the critical importance of children's early life experiences and circumstances on their subsequent development and wellbeing throughout their lives. There is clear evidence that well-founded, well-implemented prevention and early intervention programs, starting early in life, can improve young children’s cognitive, social and emotional functioning. This results in a positive influence on their readiness to learn in the school setting and improves educational, social, emotional and health outcomes throughout their lives. Cost-effectiveness analyses have shown that such programs more than pay for themselves, by reducing the later need for government-funded services. As well as these positive outcomes for the children, there are also “ripple” effects across a range of outcomes for their families and communities generally.
Newell, S & Graham, A 2007, Goonellabah Transition Program 'Walking Together, Learning Together: interim evaluation report, prepared for Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA), Canberra, ACT.