• Supporting Parents–Developing Children Project (SPDC): 3-year-pilot, 9 early years hubs, Hume LGA, Victoria.
  • Funded by the Scanlon Foundation, Australian and Victorian governments and located in Hume City Council.
  • Independent evaluations confirm that pilot hubs have a big impact on early years outcomes.
  • SPDC project wins National Award for Local Government: Strength in Diversity.
  • National Community Hubs Program (NCHP) is born!
  • 30 hubs open their doors, funded by the Australian Government.
  • Independent process evaluation finds hubs are:
    – Reaching target groups
    – Highly responsive to local needs
    – Improving families’ connection with schools
    – Helping external services reach families
  • Community Hubs Australia is established.
  • Independent outcomes evaluation finds:
    – Extremely high satisfaction with hubs
    – Significant positive impacts on children, families, schools and local communities
  • Over 13,000 families reached annually by our hubs.
  • Australian Government (Department of Social Services) funds an expansion of the hubs network.
  • 55% network growth in 12 months.
  • 22 new hubs.
  • Expansion into South Australia and regional Victoria underway.