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. 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. Parents under KidSTART will be supported so that their children can benefit from warm and nurturing relationships, age-appropriate and holistic child development, and a safe and secure home environment to grow up in. 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. Since 2016, KidSTART has benefitted over 1,000 children living in the pilot sites of Kreta Ayer, Bukit Merah, Taman Jurong, Boon Lay and Geylang Serai. The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) will expand KidSTART to reach another 5,000 children over the next three years so that more families can benefit from the programme.

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