The state government will provide Horsham and West Wimmera kindergartens with nearly $500,000 so they can deliver the best pre-school education possible.
The final stage of the Australian-first School Readiness funding program will see several local institutions funded.
In the West Wimmera, Kaniva Kindergarten, Goroke preschool and Edenhope Kindergarten will share $38,000 in funding.
In Horsham Rural City, nine institutions are receiving a combined $223,000 funding, including Natimuk preschool, Kalkee Road Kindergarten and Green Leaves Early Learning.
In the Northern Grampians, Cooinda Kindergarten, Aussie Kindies Early Learning Stawell, Marrang Kindergarten and St Arnaud Early Learning Centre will share in $230,000.
West Wimmera will join 14 other council areas across Victoria in offering universal three-year-old kindergarten from 2021, while Horsham and the rest of the state will offer it from 2022.
In a statement, Western Victoria MP Jaala Pulford said: "School readiness funding will allow Victorian kindergarten providers to tap into the expertise of speech and occupational therapists, language and literacy professionals and child psychologists."
She said the total funding allocated to each service is dependent on the number of children enrolled who face educational disadvantage.
West Wimmera Shire will offer universal access to kindergarten for three-year-olds from 2021, along with 14 other council areas including Ararat Rural City. This year, Yarriambiack, Hindmarsh and Northern Grampians Shires were among the first 15 councils in Victoria to offer universal three-year-old kindergarten.
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