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$1.5 Million investment in early childhood intervention services

27 July 2012



The Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance provided $1.5 million to Pathways Early Childhood Intervention Inc. (Pathways) in Marrickville for investment in their expansion. The Minister was represented by the Hon. John Sidoti, Member for Drummoyne who attended the service to make the announcement today.

"Each year, Pathways provides 140 children and their families with a range of family-centred services which help to give children the best start in life," said Mr Sidoti.

"Even more children with a disability and their families will benefit from the service with this significant investment in capital funds."

Pathways supports young children to be active and assist them through the provision of therapies, learning and play-based activities and opportunities to interact with their peers.

"This funding will enable us to extend our service by 25 per cent and reach 200 families each year," says Ms Sylvana Mahmic, Director of Pathways Early Childhood Intervention.

Ms Mahmic knows from personal experience the benefits early intervention can have on a child's development and the positive impact it has on their future.

"When my son was diagnosed with a lifelong disability at the age of three, our lives changed forever," she said.

"Getting help early made a big difference to our family and this experience convinced me that other families should have the opportunity to lay the foundation of a better life for their child."

The capital investment will be used by Pathways to purchase the adjoining property to its premises in Sydney's Inner West and fund the necessary renovations.

For more information about Pathways, visit www.pathwayseci.com

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