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Singapore Budget 2014: Middle-income families to get kindergarten subsidies

Published on Mar 13, 2014 11:59 AM
 

More families will benefit from kindergarten subsidies, and lower-income households will receive more help than before. Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing gave more details of the changes to the Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS) in Parliament on Thursday.

The scheme, which currently targets lower-income families, will be extended to the middle-income group. The monthly household income ceiling of those eligible will be raised from $3,500 to $6,000.

Lower-income families will get subsidies of up to $160 a month, compared to $108 today. With the larger subsidies, families receiving the most support could pay as little as $1 a month.

Mr Chan said the enhancements to the scheme are part of the Government's efforts to improve affordability of pre-school education, so that "every child will get a good start".

Ministry of Education kindergarten at Dazhong Primary School in Bukit Batok. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
 
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