Professor Adrian Piccoli & Dr Stacey Fox

Professor of Practice, School of Education at UNSW & Research Manager, The Front Project
'Launch into Learning campaign launch'
Thursday, 21 February 2019
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) together with its membership of large providers of early learning and care services will launch the ‘Launch into Learning’ campaign at the National Press Club with supporting addresses delivered by Director UNSW Gonski Institute for Education, Professor Adrian Piccoli and leading early education researcher, Dr Stacey Fox.

Professor Piccoli will provide a detailed explanation into the vital part early learning plays in the education sector with Dr Fox speaking on the evidence for funding two years of early learning before school.

The ‘Launch into Learning’ campaign and its supporters are calling upon the government to agree to a bipartisan approach and to commit to giving every child access to two years of quality, play-based early learning before they go to school. The ‘Launch into Learning’ campaign promotes the case for two years of preschool that will bring our three year old preschool participation into line with most OECD countries. A plethora of evidence underpins the fact that two years of quality early childhood education before primary school will ensure every Australian child is ready for school.


Professor Adrian Piccoli FACEL (NSW)
Professor Piccoli served as a Member of NSW Parliament for 19 years and as the NSW Minister for Education for six years from 2011 until 2017 including four years as the NSW Minister for Early Childhood.

Adrian is widely respected by the Australian education sector. He led a number of reforms in Early Childhood in NSW including the development of the NSW needs based Early Childhood Funding Model as well as strengthening the early childhood teaching profession in NSW through his “Great Teaching Inspired Learning” reforms. He has also consistently championed a greater focus on the learning needs of disadvantaged children particularly those living in rural and remote Australia and continues to do so as the Director of UNSW’s Gonski Institute for Education.

In 2017 Mr Piccoli was made a Professor of Practice in the School of Education at UNSW and has also been made a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Mr Piccoli is the author of ’12 Ways Your Child Can Get the Best Out of School’.

Dr Stacey Fox
Dr Fox commissions, synthesises and translates research to support The Front Project’s campaigns to improve the learning and wellbeing of Australian children. She has nearly a decade of experience applying research to policy and practice to improve outcomes for children.

Stacey is an experienced and passionate advocate for children’s learning and wellbeing. She has worked in research and policy across child, youth and family sectors, with a particular interest in early childhood education.

She established a large national project on family engagement in learning at the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), and led the Mitchell Institute’s influential research and policy advocacy in early childhood education.  She has authored significant reports on a range of topics, including early childhood policy, family engagement in learning, prevention and early intervention, data and evidence-informed policy, and systems design.

Most recently, she published Two Years are Better Than One, an important policy paper on the need for an additional year of preschool for Australian children.