The Supporting Parents Developing Children (SPDC) Project, an innovative social inclusion project was established in 2011 to provide real support for early childhood development, literacy, community engagement, social cohesion and the development of learning and employment pathways for culturally and linguistically diverse parents in southern Hume City.
The SPDC Project was a unique collaboration between the Scanlon Foundation, four Commonwealth and three Victorian Government Departments and Hume City Council with funding of $2.9 million provided over 3 years.
The Project expanded the number of early years hubs in primary schools in southern Hume City to nine with a suite of programs and services delivered from the hubs.
Mothers with limited English language skills regularly attended the hubs for language-specific and multilingual playgroups, Mother and Child English Language Programs and Bilingual Storytimes to gain confidence and participate more fully in community life. A range of early years, family support and learning and training programs are offered in the hubs through community partnerships.
The early years hubs in Hume were the model on which the National Community Hubs Program was based.