About us

CCC works to ensure that children and families have access to quality education and care services which meet their individual needs.

We believe non-profit community owned education and care services provide a benchmark for quality service provision. 

We are the Peak Body for community owned, not-for-profit long day care and outside school hours care in Victoria, and advocate on behalf of all community owned and managed education and care services.

We are also recognised for the high level resources, training and professional development we provide across the whole of the Victorian children's education and care services sector.

Established in 1971, we are a membership based, independent, not for profit association. With more than four decades and commitment to this sector, we are a respected voice in this field and are well placed to lobby key decision makers including Federal and State Government Ministers and local politicians. We also provide authoritative and informed public comment about issues impacting on this sector.

Policy and Advocacy

We are at the forefront of social advocacy to enable and strengthen the development and retention of the community owned education and care services sector in Victoria.

Our advocacy work involves consulting with our constituency, social policy research and analysis, exchange of information between the sector and external stakeholders including government, development of policy proposals and local, state and national lobbying.

CCC Vision

CCC’s vision is for an equitable society where quality, not for profit community owned children’s education and care services thrive.

CCC Mission

CCC promotes public support for community owned, not for profit services. CCC provides leadership and advocacy and works collaboratively to build the capacity of children’s education and care services.

CCC Guiding Principles


We support services to build meaningful partnerships with families that are vital to the development of children as strong and active members of society.

We equip and support education and care services, educators and their communities with the skills and confidence to participate in and influence the growth and sustainable management of quality not for profit education and care services.

We recognise that families have the right and the capacity to make shared decisions with educators in relation to their children.


We recognise and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional owners of the land. We are committed to reconciliation, and to ensuring that all our work is inclusive and respectful of the cultures and perspectives of Australia’s first people.

We advocate for communities working together towards a better future which supports the potential of every child; where families and community are strong, and where community owned education and care services are valued and well resourced.

We acknowledge that each community is diverse with unique characteristics and cultures, which provide a rich context for early and middle childhood curriculum and programs.


We model and advocate for collaborative practice that enables resources, skills and expertise to be shared and where stakeholders are brought together to achieve common goals.

We respect the rights of children as citizens and as active participants in their learning including their right to be consulted and listened to.

We act ethically and with integrity and use reflective practice in our work; we are a community of learners and support education and care services to learn, develop and thrive.

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