Connecting Community for Kids is a collective impact initiative developed to empower parents, children and professionals in the communities of Cockburn and Kwinana to improve childhood outcomes.
Working collaboratively with Government agencies, service providers and community groups; we aim to make a lasting difference in the lives of children pre-birth to eight and their families. The ultimate goal of the Initiative is for young children in Kwinana and Cockburn to have the same level of physical, social, emotional, communication and language development as the Perth Metropolitan Area by 2024, based on the outcomes of the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC).
Connecting Community for Kids is intended to complement, connect and support what is already working in the communities of Cockburn and Kwinana. We are hosting conversations and building relationships with parents, carers and service providers to identify what needs to change to improve outcomes for young children.
Through continued lines of enquiry and consistent community engagement, we identified four common themes to address childhood vulnerability – health; isolation; financial strain; and safety. We aim to harness community energy and design multiple circuit breakers for change; ensuring children, families and community are always at our centre. We will ensure our individual projects will build community capacity; create an inclusive environment; collaborate and engage community to co-design change; advocate for system change; and be sustainable.