20,000 pre-schoolers do their part to serve community
Apr 29, 2016
This year, the Early Childhood Development Agency's (ECDA) "Start Small Dream Big" initiative will involve some 20,000 children from over 300 preschool centres taking part in community service projects over a period of six months. This is double the number of 150 preschools which participated in the inaugural run of the initiative last year.
Higher ComCare long-term assistance for those in need
Apr 12, 2016
From 1 July 2016, MSF will enhance the assistance package to households on ComCare Long Term Assistance by raising the cash assistance rates. A one- person household will now receive $500 per month, an increase of $50 from the previous rate of $450 per month. Larger households will also receive more cash assistance.
Intensive support programme to keep vulnerable children together with their families
Apr 12, 2016
As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen family-based care and community support for vulnerable children, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) will launch the Safe and Strong Families (SSF) pilot programme in the community by December 2016. For a start, the pilot will reach out to 400 eligible families and vulnerable children over three years.
1,000 low-income and vulnerable children to benefit from pilot scheme that coordinates, strengthens and monitors support
Apr 12, 2016
The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) will pilot a new system of support for low income and vulnerable children, to enable them to have a good start in life. The new initiative, called KidSTART, will coordinate and strengthen support across agencies, extend new forms of support, and monitor the progress of these children from birth to six years old.
MSF acts against student care centre for lapses in administering Government student care fee assistance
Mar 22, 2016
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has served a notice of intention to Welcare Student Care Centre today, to revoke its status as a student care centre that is allowed to administer government student care fee assistance.
Women's Charter to Support More Complex Family Needs
Feb 29, 2016
Key amendments to the Women's Charter and the Women's Charter (Registration of Marriage) Rules, as well as enhancements in support for families undergoing divorce, are outlined in this press release.
Addendum to the President's Address (2016)
Jan 20, 2016
The social needs of our citizens and families are becoming more complex as the demographics, economics and family structures in Singapore change. In the years to come, MSF will focus on strengthening marriages and families, providing a good start for our young, extending a helping hand for the vulnerable, and fostering a caring community.
Public supports proposed changes to Mental Capacity Act
Jan 12, 2016
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) received 24 feedback inputs to the proposed changes to the Mental Capacity Act, with the majority expressing support. Other than individuals, groups such as Association of Banks in Singapore, the Law Society of Singapore and Life Insurance Association Singapore shared their feedback during the public consultation period from 7 to 28 December 2015.
Enhanced Support for Aspiring Early Childhood Leaders Through SkillsFuture Study Awards
Jan 4, 2016
The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) has introduced the SkillsFuture Study Award for Early Childhood (EC) sector to develop and deepen the skills of EC educators to assume leadership responsibilities. This complements the suite of programmes already available to support EC educators at various stages of their career.
Public consultation on draft Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill 2015
Dec 17, 2015
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) will be holding a public consultation on the draft Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill from 7 December to 28 December 2015. The public consultation will be hosted on the Government e-consultation portal, REACH (www.reach.gov.sg/MCA2015)