Better Beginnings supports parents in reading to children so that they build the early literacy skills they need to become good readers and succeed at school. It is a tripartite alliance between Rio Tinto, the State Library of Western Australia, and the Western Australian Government.
Rio Tinto has announced it is contributing A$980,000 for a further four years. Since Better Beginnings was established in 2005, the company has committed more than A$1.8 million to the programme, with this current investment bringing the total to A$2.78 million by 2018.
Better Beginnings is also supported State Government funding, including through local governments and through the Royalties for Regions initiative, which aims to grow regional areas into sustainable communities.
Andrew Harding, Rio Tinto chief executive, Iron Ore, China, Korea and Japan and Western Australian Minister for Culture and the Arts the Hon John Day announced the extension to the partnership in April 2015.