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Researching Social Capital and Community Capacity in Child and Family Hubs: Insights for Practitioner-Researchers, Policy Makers and Communities

Tayler, Collette P., Farrell, Ann, Tennent, Lee, & Patterson, Carla M. (2005) Researching Social Capital and Community Capacity in Child and Family Hubs: Insights for Practitioner-Researchers, Policy Makers and Communities. International Journal of Early Childhood Education, 11(1), pp. 139-153.

Abstract

Worldwide evidence pinpoints the importance of effective early care and education services. Initiatives such as Head Start (United States) and Sure Start (United Kingdom) suggest that access to, awareness and responsiveness of community services are enhanced when services are integrated. We propose that service integration can also contribute to social capital and sense of community. This paper reports on research by a partnership of government and non-government agencies into the impact of Child Care and Family Support Hubs in Queensland, Australia. These community-driven hubs are a recent state government initiative designed to improve and integrate service provision, particularly in rural and disadvantaged communities. The paper reports on findings from the pilot work, the ACCESS Study (2000-2001), as well the ongoing three-year Queensland Hubs Study.

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ID Code: 2815
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: young childre, social capital, sense of community, service provision
ISSN: : 1226-9557
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:28

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