One-stop centre for children from needy families launched in Ang Mo Kio

President Tony Tan Keng Yam (centre) and Dr Koh Poh Koon (second from left) graced the official opening of Temasek Cares KIDS 0-3. Professor Chay Oh Moh, programme director (far right) said the programme improved their children's development and fami
President Tony Tan Keng Yam (centre) and Dr Koh Poh Koon (second from left) graced the official opening of Temasek Cares KIDS 0-3. Professor Chay Oh Moh, programme director (far right) said the programme improved their children's development and family relationships.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - A centre offering health, social and educational services for infants and toddlers from needy families has opened in Ang Mo Kio.

This comes one year after the launch of the Temasek Cares KIDS 0-3 programme, a three-year pilot that aims to give expectant mothers and their children comprehensive care. It is led by the KK Women's and Children's Hospital, AMKFSC Community Services, and Temasek Cares, a non-profit organisation funded by Temasek Trust, the philanthropic arm of Temasek Holdings.

The 110 families currently enrolled in the programme can visit the centre during office hours on weekdays. Supported by a team of 23 health professionals and social workers, it offers nursing and parenting classes, playgroup sessions, and health consultations.

Professor Chay Oh Moh, the programme director, said at the opening ceremony on Friday: "We have received feedback from the beneficiaries about how the programme has improved their children's development and family relationships. The centre provides a space for families to come together and support one another."

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