New pilot launched in Ang Mo Kio to help young children from vulnerable families

SINGAPORE - A new programme has been launched in Ang Mo Kio to ensure that infants and toddlers from needy families have their basic needs met at this critical stage of development.

The Temasek Cares KIDS 0-3 programmes is a three-year pilot that aims to give these mothers and their children comprehensive care - from social assistance, emotional counselling to childcare and medical advice. It is led by the KK Women's and Children's Hospital in partnership with the Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre.

The programme will target young children below age three, from families with a per capita income of less than $650.

Professor Chay Oh Moh, the programme director, said at a media event for the programme on Thursday: "Our biggest worry is that people who come from low-income backgrounds, their children do not get the same start as the rest of the nation. What we want to do is give tham an equal chance and help these children realise their potential."

Temasek Cares, the non-profit philanthropic arm of Temasek Holdings, has provided initial funding of $2.3million for the project, which started in July.