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    14 SEP 2019

    OVER 49,000 CHILDREN DEDICATED 1.4 MILLION HOURS TO COMMUNITY SERVICE ​YEARS


    Over 49,000 children from 820 preschools participated in the 5th edition of the President’s Challenge ‘Start Small Dream Big’ movement initiated by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). Collectively, they dedicated some 1.4 million hours to planning and implementing community service projects. Some 32,000 parents also joined their children for the good cause. The movement has allowed children and their families to meaningfully contribute their time and resources to give back to the comm...



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    13 SEP 2019

    WORKING TOGETHER ON A GOOD START FOR EVERY CHILD


    At the Early Childhood Conference 2019, the Minister for Social and Family Development Mr Desmond Lee announced new initiatives, in collaboration with partners, to support outdoor learning by children in preschools, and to enhance support for children and families under KidSTART.



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    13 SEP 2019

    LAUNCH OF SINGAPORE PRESCHOOL ACCREDITATION FRAMEWORK (SPARK) QUALITY RATING SCALE FOR 0-6 YEARS


    The new SPARK Quality Rating Scale (QRS) for 0-6 years was officially launched today at the Early Childhood Conference 2019, organised by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). 112 preschools also received their SPARK certificates from Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education Ms Low Yen Ling. This brings the total number of SPARK-certified centres to 951, or more than half of the sector.



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    09 SEP 2019

    22 Educators and Centres to Receive ECDA Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Development


    In recognition of their professional excellence and innovation, 22 pre-school educators and centres will receive the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Development from Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development, at ECDA’s annual Early Childhood Conference on 13 September 2019.



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    28 AUG 2019

    Making quality preschools more affordable and accessible


    At National Day Rally 2019, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong outlined significant enhancements in the early childhood sector to give every child a good start in life and to support families with young children. These moves build on the Government’s efforts since 2012 to raise the quality, accessibility and affordability of preschools.



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    26 APR 2019

    49,000 PRE-SCHOOLERS TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY IN 2019 WITH BICENTENNIAL EDITION OF ‘START SMALL DREAM BIG’


    The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) launches the fifth edition of its President’s Challenge initiative, ‘Start Small Dream Big’, with 820 preschool centres joining the movement this year. A record number of 49,000 children, aged 4 to 6, will be participating in a variety of community projects over the next six months. This is six times more than the number of pre-schoolers who took part in the initiative when it was first launched in 2015.



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    05 MAR 2019

    BETTER SUPPORT FOR PARENTS OF PRESCHOOLERS AND THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SECTOR


    BETTER SUPPORT FOR PARENTS OF PRESCHOOLERS AND THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SECTOR



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    30 OCT 2018

    Welcome Remarks for ECDA Scholarships and Training Awards Presentation Ceremony


    SPEECH BY MR DESMOND LEE, MINISTER FOR SOCIAL AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT, AT ECDA SCHOLARSHIPS AND TRAINING AWARDS PRESENTATION CEREMONY ON 30 OCTOBER 2018, 3PM, SINGAPORE CHINESE CULTURAL CENTRE



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    06 OCT 2018

    HALF OF THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SECTOR NOW CERTIFIED UNDER THE SINGAPORE PRESCHOOL ACCREDITATION FRAMEWORK (SPARK)


    As of October 2018, 880 or 50% of preschools island-wide are SPARK-certified by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), up from 770 or 40% of preschool last year. 152 preschools received either their first or second SPARK certificates today from Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Ms Low Yen Ling at the ECDA Early Childhood Conference 2018. Nine of these centres received the SPARK Commendation.



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    05 OCT 2018

    THREE-YEAR NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO PROFILE THE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSION; ENHANCED TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR MOTHER TONGUE LANGUAGE TEACHING IN PRESCHOOLS


    1. New initiatives to raise the profile of early childhood educators and enhance the training and support for Mother Tongue Language (MTL) teaching in preschools were announced today by the Minister for Social and Family Development (MSF), Mr Desmond Lee, at the Early Childhood Conference 2018.



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