who we are

Who We Are

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) oversees the early childhood sector in Singapore.

What We Do

We oversee, facilitate, plan, regulate and support the development of the early childhood sector in Singapore.

Who We Serve

We work with and provide support to children, early childhood professionals, parents, families and centre operators.

Our People

Learn about our organisational structure and the departments within ECDA.

Vision / Mission / Values

Find out about our mission, vision and values that guide us in our work.


Who We Are

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) is the regulatory and developmental agency for the early childhood sector in Singapore and oversees key aspects of children’s development below the age of seven across both kindergartens and child care centres.

Officially launched on 01 April 2013, ECDA is an autonomous agency jointly overseen by Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), and is hosted under MSF.

What We Do

  • Oversee measures to raise quality standards of early childhood programmes, including regulation, quality assurance and the provision of early childhood development resources
  • Facilitate the training and continuing professional development of early childhood professionals
  • Master-plan for infrastructure and manpower resources to support the early childhood sector
  • Provide subsidies and grants to keep quality pre-school programmes affordable, especially for low- and middle-income families
  • Oversee the provision of Government-funded early intervention services for children with developmental needs
  • Conduct public education and outreach to raise parents’ awareness and support for their children’s development
  • Uplift the image and professionalism of the early childhood sector through strategic partnerships and programmes

Who We Serve

  • Children attending infant and childcare centres and kindergartens
  • New and existing early childhood professionals
  • Parents, families and the wider community of caregivers
  • Childcare centre and kindergarten operators


For more information, please visit the Singapore Government Directory.

Chief Executive Officer
Tan Chee Wee

Assistant Chief Executive Officer
Ng Mie Ling

Child Development Division

Corporate Development & Services Division

Partnership Division

Professional Development & Standards Division

Regulation & Licensing Division

Sector Funding Division

Sector Planning Division

Transformation Division


Our Vision

A Good Start For Every Child

We believe that all children in Singapore, regardless of background, deserve a positive early childhood experience through quality care and education, which nurtures holistic development and builds a strong foundation by instilling a love for learning.

Our Mission

To ensure every child has access to affordable and quality early childhood development services and programmes

Our Core Values

  • Care: We care for the people we serve and the people we work with.
  • Commitment: We are committed to serve and strive for excellence through continuous learning and innovation.
  • Collaboration: We value collaboration and seek synergy through close partnerships with our stakeholders.