KidSTART is a programme that provides support to children 6 years and below from low-income families. It aims to give children a good start in life by empowering families to build strong foundations for their children and foster positive child development outcomes. 

Research has shown that experiences in a child’s early years can significantly influence his physical, cognitive and social development, and these have an impact on his or her lifelong outcomes. 

As the appointed Social Service Agency anchoring KidSTART in the Woodlands and Sembawang regions, we provide support for child development through:

  • Coordinating and strengthening holistic services for families where needed
  • Monitoring the developmental progress of children from birth onwards

Since 2016, KidSTART has reached out to more than 1,000 children and is progressively expanding nationwide.

Regular home visits to support parents and ensure the child’s healthy development in the early years

Preschool enrolment support and monitoring of children’s development progress

Close partnerships with community agencies and key stakeholders across early childhood, health and social service sectors to support the families effectively

Ways We Support

(For antenatal to 3 years old)

We provide support in a home setting for pregnant mothers and children (newborn to 3 years old) through:

  • Regular home visits to guide parents with skills and practical knowledge for early childhood development, health and nutrition
  • Regular screening of the child’s growth and maternal well-being to ensure early intervention if needed

This programme is supported by KidSTART SG.

(1 to 3 years old)

Weekly support playgroup sessions for young children from 1 to 3 years old that provides:

  • Opportunity for parents to bond with their child and get to know other parents with young children
  • Guidance on bonding and engaging their children meaningfully in a community playgroup setting
  • Additional one-on-one support for parents who require coaching on how to engage their children 
  • Assistance with building school readiness skills

This programme is supported by KidSTART SG.

(2 months to 6 years old)

In selected preschools, KidSTART families are supported through additional resources such as: 

  • Engagement on child growth, development, health and nutrition
  • Monitoring and tackling obstacles regarding child’s attendance and school readiness 
  • Help with preschool enrolment


Care Corner KidSTART is a fully-funded programme for eligible families who fulfil the following criteria:

  • Singapore citizen children aged 6 years old and below 
  • Gross monthly household income of $2,500 and below, or per capita income of $650 and below 
  • Families who reside in or have children enrolled in selected preschools within Woodlands or Sembawang regions

For other KidSTART regions, please refer to KidSTART locations.

Families can register their interest to join KidSTART and agencies can refer families for the programme via the KidSTART website by filling in the online form.

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