Preschool funding will only ?scratch the surface
By EMMA CORNFORD
FOR 15 years, funding for community-based preschools has remained the same.
But now Clarence Valley preschools will share in an $85.2million injection from the Iemma Government ? an amount Jacaranda Preschool director Amanda Lancaster says is 'a start'.
"It's been a long time coming because for 15 years successive governments have ignored the is- sue," she said.
"I think it will only just scratch the surface, but it's a start."
The funding, to be allocated to preschools throughout NSW over a four-year period, aims to create extra places for an additional 10,500 children. Since 2002, preschools in the Valley have been protesting the lack of funding and in April this year held a combined protest march.
"I think community awareness about the issue, especially around here, has really increased since we started taking action," Mrs Lancaster said.
But with more than 900 preschools throughout the state to share in the money, Mrs Lancaster is concerned that the money will not stretch far enough.
"I'm not going to say no to it, but it's only really $9000 each and that really isn't going to go very far," she said, "but certainly, it will help to reduce fees for parents and that can only be a good thing."