Families with a monthly household net income of $1,800 and below may apply for the Kindergarten Financial Assistance Scheme (KiFAS) which subsidises monthly kindergarten fees up to $82. In addition, extra-needy families with a net income of $1,000 or below may be given a $200 start-up grant to help with the initial expenses of attending pre-school.
Working parents with monthly household net incomes not exceeding $1,800 may also apply for the Centre-Based Financial Assistance Scheme For Childcare (CFAC) which subsidises monthly childcare fees up to a maximum amount of $340 monthly per child, for every child in the family, depending on the monthly household income.
In addition to KiFAS and CFAC, the Community and Self-Help Groups have a broad range of financial assistance schemes to help low-income families to place their children in pre-school. Examples include the Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC) ComCare Fund (CCF), Home Ownership Plus Education (HOPE) Scheme and MENDAKI Education Trust Fund.
For children who go on to Primary School, and whose parents are working, they can be enrolled in Student Care, which provides before- or after- school care to children aged 7-14. The Student Care Fee Assistance Scheme (SCFA) can give monthly subsidies to needy families who have a monthly household income of $2,500 or below.
There is also a Work Support (WS) Scheme for households who are prepared to do their best to help themselves.
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