Better Beginnings - Making a Difference

I always felt stupid reading to her. Now I know it’s the right thing to do.
Parent, ECU Better Beginnings Evaluation 2009

Edith Cowan University is conducting an independent longitudinal evaluation of Better Beginnings.  The study demonstrates that Better Beginnings is having a significant positive impact on early reading practices, attitudes and beliefs across Western Australia.  

85% of parents surveyed reported that they read to their child after receiving the Better Beginnings reading packs (only 14% of these parents reported reading to their child beforehand).

88% of parents reported that their confidence in sharing books with their child had increased after being involved in Better Beginnings.

The average number of books in the home suitable for reading to children increased from 15 to 125.

Children's library membership increased from 4% to 65%. Parents indicated this had been influenced by Better Beginnings.

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In 2012 Edith Cowan University revisited families who had received a Better Beginnings reading pack in 2007.  The evaluation shows that Better Beginnings is continuing to have a positive impact on early literacy practices with parents establishing a range of effective book sharing practices and children developing early literacy behaviors that will assist them in learning to read and write.  Better Beginnings has reinforced and extended parents’ knowledge and beliefs and provided new understandings and practices that have been sustained over time.



As a teacher of over 30 years, I have witnessed the Better Beginnings program helping to transform children’s lives and given them greater potential to grow, learn and develop, perform well at school and succeed in later life.
Councillor David Lagan, Deputy Mayor, City of Stirling

I tell stories in Vietnamese and read to my children in English.  I only started reading English after receiving Better Beginnings. 

One mother reads with her four year old every afternoon after school now.  She said without these books, they would not have any to read. 
Teacher, Remote Community School

It’s wonderful to have support across the community emphasising the importance of reading and language development. 
Community Health Nurse

…I never thought of reading to my baby.  Better Beginnings has really boosted my confidence.