Growing Together with KidSTART

KidSTART is a programme for children from low-income families to enable them to have a good start in life. KidSTART programme supports parents with child development, coordinate and strengthen holistic support for families where needed, and monitors the developmental progress of children from birth onwards.

Since 2016, KidSTART has benefitted some 1000 children living in the current KidSTART regions of Kreta Ayer, Bukit Merah, Taman Jurong, Boon Lay and Geylang Serai. KidSTART will expand to reach another 5000 children over the next three years so that more families can benefit from the programme. 

You can support us by donating and / or volunteering. Your donations will go towards supporting a KidSTART child in one or more of the following areas:

 

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Click here to find out how families have benefitted from the KidSTART programme and check out below for more details about the KidSTART programme. 


 

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Research has shown that experiences in the early years influence a child's development, life trajectory and life outcomes. The first 1,000 days from conception to the end of age two are generally recognised to be the most critical and sensitive periods of brain development. From prenatal through the initial few years of life, the brain undergoes its most rapid development, and early experiences determine whether its architecture is sturdy or fragile. Children from low-income families are at greater risk of experiences that affect their development, sometimes even before they are born. 
 

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The international evidence base for early childhood intervention continues to grow, showing that benefits are greatest for upstream early intervention programmes that provide support for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and during the earliest stages of child development. For these children, having a good start in life can help to narrow the development gap between them and their peers, increase their life opportunities, and improve social mobility. 


References:
•Moore, T.G., Arefadib, N., Deery, A., Keyes, M., & West, S. (2017). The First Thousand Days: An Evidence Paper. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Centre for Community Child Health, Parkville, Victoria.
•Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University (2007). The impact of early adversity on child development (InBrief).
•Hackman, D.A., Farah, M.J., Meaney, M.J. (2010). Socioeconomic status and the brain: mechanistic insights from human and animal research. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 11(9), 651-9.


 

Three components of KidSTART
Delivered in natural settings of the child
 

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Home Visits
 

  • Regular home visits every 2 - 4 weeks; possible antenatal visits by nurses 
     

  • Guide parents on child growth, development, health and nutrition
     

  • Regular screening of child growth and maternal well-being to address issues early


 

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Group Sessions
 

  • Weekly community sessions for parents and their toddlers 
     

  • Guide parents to build up skills in child development and parent-child bonding 
     

  • Use of evidence-based curricula 


 

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Enhanced Support to Preschools 
 

  • In selected preschools with more low income children, more resources provided
     

  • Engage parents on child growth, development, health and nutrition 
     

  • Monitor and tackle obstacles to child's attendance and school readiness
     

KidSTART aims to build an 'ecosystem of support' around the child. Multi-disciplinary professionals and the community work together with parents to respond to the needs of the child and his family, and to support the child in achieving age-appropriate development in his immediate settings. 


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