The Preschool Opportunity Fund (PSOF) provides funding support for childcare and kindergarten operators (which are not on the Anchor Operator [AOP] scheme) to offer holistic development activities to low-income children enrolled in their centres. These can include activities and enrichment classes which enhance key aspects of child development (e.g. cognitive, aesthetic, moral, physical, social and emotional development). Past projects have included excursions, and speech and drama as well as music programmes, which typically incur additional costs (above general programme fees).
Non-AOP preschools may apply for the PSOF to benefit the following groups of children:
• Children with gross household income (HHI) of up to $4,500, or per capita income (PCI) of up to $1,125; or
• Children who are identified by teachers or social services to be at risk or potentially at risk (e.g. children who lack family support or conducive home conditions).
Depending on the project’s proposal, centres can be given a grant of up to $1,300 for each qualifying child for each project. Projects will be funded for up to one year. Centres are required to submit a report upon completion of each project, to cover project outcomes and expenditure.
Operators may apply for PSOF funding for projects planned to be conducted in 2021. PSOF application for 2021 projects will be closed on 11 January 2021.
Please refer to below for further details: • Information on Preschool Opportunity Fund • Annex 1 – Application Process • Annex 2 – Application Template • Annex 3 – Claim Template • Annex 4 – Expenditure Guidelines
For further enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information updated as at 17 December 2020