Support for early literacy sessions in Gladstone

Free pre-school early literacy sessions at Gladstone libraries will continue after the State Budget confirmed $5 million in annual funding to maintain the First 5 Forever program.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the early literacy initiative was very popular in the city with 14,553 under-fives attending sessions across the city in 2017.

“We know literacy is key to having the greatest chance to succeed in life,” he said.

“This is a program that provides local councils across the state with funding to stage sessions at public libraries sharing stores, rhymes and songs with babies and very young children.”

“First 5 Forever was established by the Palaszczuk Government in 2015 and has been a rousing success. It is great that the government is committed to continue it.

“It is clear these sessions are loved by families,” Mr Butcher said. “We know that parents and primary caregivers are a child’s first and most important educator and the program gives them the support they need,” he said.

“It’s another demonstration of the government’s passion for literacy, education and the well-being of our kids.”

“We all know how important early literacy and a love of books and learning is for the