Working with families to improve outcomes for children Page ContentThrough the Pathways for Early Learning and Development (PELD) initiative, early childhood educators are working alongside family support workers. They are delivering programs that focus on the child, while addressing broader family needs, such as housing, unemployment, domestic and family violence, drug and alcohol dependency and mental health. We know that an integrated, cross-disciplinary, multi-generational approach to service delivery improves educational and developmental outcomes for some of Queensland’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. When we piloted the Intensive Early Childhood Development program, we found that at the end of the pilot, 85 per cent of children engaged in the program were at an adequate or better level in terms of their school readiness due to improvements in their confidence and social skills. Parents also showed marked improvement in their parenting capability, confidence and parent–child interactions, which in turn reduced children’s developmental risk factors impacting on their successful transition to school. PELD builds on the lessons we learned through the pilot and helps vulnerable children and families to access early learning and development programs, supported playgroups, parenting programs, specialist services and home visiting support. In 2018, PELD is working in 12 priority locations across Queensland, including Bundaberg, Burnett/Kingaroy, Cape York (Cooktown), Darling Downs West (Roma), Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley (Gatton), North Brisbane, Southern Darling Downs (Warwick), Toowoomba, Townsville and Wide Bay (Maryborough).