Category Archives: Children and families Back

Funding for First 5 Forever

Queensland families with young and yet to be born children received some great news today, with the State Government announcement that the successful First 5 Forever early literacy initiative will continue. A commitment of $20 million over four years was delivered in the 2018/19 budget. First 5 Forever is a family literacy initiative that is … Read more

First 5 Forever helping parents buck national literacy slide

Queensland libraries are a key ally in efforts to address sliding literacy rates among school children. A News Limited newspaper article recently reported that: “Australia is facing a ‘national crisis’ on literacy with students showing up to kindergarten less prepared than ever before.” “Experts say distracted parents are not doing enough to equip their children … Read more

Mud pits and Mary Poppins book bikes the new face of Queensland libraries

Hot off the press this week, the highlights and achievements of First 5 Forever, a family literacy initiative that is delivered through the dynamic network of more than 320 Queensland public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres. The news is good, with the initiative building strongly in momentum since it started in 2015. There are numerous … Read more