"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about". Margaret Wheatly
"A person is a person no matter how small" Dr. Seuss
"The most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents"
Jane Hull
"With a powerful community I can do so much more. I am happier. I learn and expand, and possibly, I can transform"
Elena Aguilar
"Community is much more than belonging to something, It's about doing something that makes belonging matter".
Brian Solis
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"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about". Margaret Wheatly
"A person is a person no matter how small" Dr. Seuss
"The most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents" Jane Hull
"With a powerful community I can do so much more. I am happier. I learn and expand, and possibly, I can transform" Elena Aguilar
"Community is much more than belonging to something, It's about doing something that makes belonging matter". Brian Solis
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About Mid Coast 4 Kids

Mid Coast 4 Kids is a collective impact initiative designed to support Mid Coast communities to address long term and entrenched social issues, with a focus on issues that affect children and young people.

Our aim is to give children and young people the best start in life. Mid Coast 4 Kids takes a ‘whole of community’ approach to positively influence the contexts within which they live including their families, communities and the broader social, economic and cultural environment.

Mid Coast 4 Kids are using the principles of collective impact and prevention science to make a positive impact on the lives of children and families across the Mid Coast.

Mid Coast 4 Kids is made up of a dynamic group of people from across the community who are building a structure that can support a long term focus on systems change. 

Our Approach

Vision: Mid Coast 4 Kids is a community based initiative designed to support children and young people to make a safe, supported and successful transition from childhood through to adulthood.

Evidence: Mid Coast 4 Kids recognises the first 2000 days in a child’s life are a critical time for physical, cognitive, social and emotional health and development. We recognise that early life experiences are strongly predictive of how a child will learn and grow and these impacts will extend across their lifespan.

Research: Mid Coast 4 Kids is committed to using the most up to date Australian and International research and evidence to bring a new level of rigour to early intervention practices on the Mid Coast.

Voice: Mid Coast 4 Kids is committed to robust exploration of local systems issues, prioritising community voices and local experts in the field.

Collaboration: Mid Coast 4 Kids advocates for effective community, government and partner agency collaboration to deliver a strong, evidence based system of care and support for children, young people and families.

Evaluation: Mid Coast 4 Kids is committed to robust evaluation of local systems change initiatives to ensure actions are effective and provide opportunities for shared learning.

Leadership: Mid Coast 4 Kids will provide leadership and development opportunities to Mid Coast communities to build their capacity to recognise and respond to systems issues across a range of contexts.

We currently facilitate and support a range of projects, including, but not limited to:

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Brighter beginnings: the first 2000 days

Mid Coast 4 Kids is very excited to be championing Brighter Beginnings: the first 2000 days, a NSW Government initiative which is based on evidence that shows why the early years of life (from conception to age five) are important for health and wellbeing outcomes across the lifespan.
 
Evidence such as 90% of a child’s brain development occurs by age 5 and early experiences in the first 2000 days of life can have flow-on impacts in every decade of their lifetime.
 
The Brighter Beginnings initiative is a “one stop shop” of resources for families when expecting a baby and throughout their child’s early life, and includes tools and resources to keep track of health and development milestones, access financial support, find early childhood education and care, start primary school, and return to work as well as emotional and legal support for parents.
 
Early experiences in the first 2000 days of life can have flow-on impacts in every decade of  a child’s lifetime.
With almost 100,000 births per year in NSW. Brighter Beginnings aims to provide families with the information they need, when they need it to make their decisions and empower families with clear, reliable and timely information
 

One of the valuable  online resources is the Learn the Signs, Act Early Milestone Monitoring Tools  that are in the Blue Book and help parents track their child’s development. Parents should speak to a Child and Family Health Nurse located in Child and Family Health Centres or doctor if they have concerns about how their child is growing, developing or behaving.

Click here to find out more about: 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗶𝗴𝗻𝘀. 𝗔𝗰𝘁 𝗘𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆. 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗼𝗼𝗹𝘀

To learn more about the Brighter Beginnings initiative visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/initiative/brighter-beginnings
 

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