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International accolade for WA early literacy program

Western Australia’s popular and evidence-based early literacy program, Better Beginnings, has been awarded a prestigious ‘Best Practice Honoree’ in the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards.

The State has delivered the Better Beginnings program since 2004, providing more than 550,000 families State-wide with developmentally appropriate books and resources and access to Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions at their local libraries.

The prestigious award recognises best practice in literacy provision and acknowledges the evidence-based approach adopted by the State Library of Western Australia through its ongoing evaluation of Better Beginnings conducted by Edith Cowan University.

A recent Social Return on Investment Analysis* revealed that for every $1 invested in the program there is a $5.64 return in social value.

The honour comes with a prize of US$5,000. Better Beginnings will be profiled in the Library of Congress Literacy Awards publication distributed to 1,750 literacy organisations and educators worldwide.

Source: Government of Western Australia.