Introduced as a pilot programme in 2016, KidSTART provides upstream support to children age 0 to 6 years old from low-income families and deepen partnerships between the community and Government to give these children a good start in life. KidSTART Singapore Ltd. works with partners from the healthcare and social service sectors to implement the KidSTART programme and support families on child development, coordinate and strengthen holistic services for families where needed, and monitors the developmental progress of children from birth onwards.
Parents are the child’s first teachers and play a key role in setting them up for a good start in life. KidSTART empowers parents to be confident caregivers and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to:• Build warm nurturing relationships with their children;• Support the age-appropriate development of their children; and• Care for the health and social wellbeing of their children in their early years. This is done across the child’s familiar settings –
at home, in the community and
at preschools. The three programme components of KidSTART are: a)
At Home. In the Home Visitation Programme, Home Visitors guide pregnant mothers and parents/caregivers of newborns with knowledge in early childhood development, health and nutrition up till the child is 3 years old. b) In the Community. Through KidSTART Groups, facilitators guide parents/caregivers during weekly playgroup sessions on how to engage their children of ages 1 to 3, to build child development skills and nurture their family bond. c) At Preschools. Through Enhanced Support to Preschools, Child Enabling Executives are deployed to selected preschools to work with teachers, parents and community partners to support KidSTART children on regular attendance and school readiness.Eligibility Criteria The eligibility criteria of KidSTART are as follows: • Families with Singapore citizen children aged up to 6 years old
• Gross monthly household income of $2,500 and below or per capita income of $650 and below • Staying in the following regions served by KidSTART:
1. Kreta Ayer 2. Bukit Merah 3. Taman Jurong 4. Boon Lay
5. Bedok 6. Geylang Serai 7. Woodlands 8. Sembawang
9. Ang Mo Kio10. Yishun 11. Choa Chu Kang 12. Bukit Panjang
Growing Together with KidSTART The Growing Together with KidSTART (GT) initiative aims to deepen partnerships with the community to give our KidSTART children a good start in life, through sustained donations and volunteerism.
Donations will go towards providing families with essential items such as milk and diapers, learning resources and Child Development Account (CDA) top-ups. Interested donors may approach
ComChest to make a contribution.
Volunteers will work alongside KidSTART Singapore Ltd to reach out to eligible families, and pack and deliver essential aids to KidSTART families. Please visit
www.KidSTART.sg for more information.
Information updated as at October 2021