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Celebrating 15 years of creating bright futures for children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds


10 November 2023

NTUC First Campus’s Chief Child Support Officer Louisa Chng (left) and Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How (seated, centre) at a Bright Horizons Fund event held at the Singapore Discovery Centre.

When Muhammad Adam Muhammad Faizil, a Nursery 2 student at a My First Skool centre, was two years old, his teachers observed that he was not meeting his developmental milestones. The financial hardship of his parents only compounded their troubles.

Today, Adam is a confident and happy child, in large part due to the holistic assistance provided by NTUC First Campus‘s Bright Horizons Fund (BHF). Beyond supporting his learning and development needs, BHF’s initiatives supported his family’s financial, social, health and nutritional needs.

Adam is not the only beneficiary. Set up in 2008, BHF has improved the lives of over 37,000 children and disbursed $19 million to families.

Over the years, BHF has adapted to meet the evolving needs of families, and supported families even amid unprecedented events such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Today, BHF programmes focus on the socio-emotional needs of families and enrichment opportunities for children.

BHF’s collaboration with organisations like CapitaLand Hope Foundation and OCBC Bank have enabled it to scale up its programmes and help more disadvantaged children prepare for primary school. For instance, the CapitaLand Bright Horizons Fund Ready-for-School Programme enables the fund to help an additional 220 children from low-income families annually. These young learners benefit from language, literacy and numeracy learning support. They also receive essential school supplies like stationery, lunch boxes and school bags, easing the financial burden on their families as they prepare for the transition to primary school.

For 15 years, BHF has been enhancing the accessibility and quality of preschool education for families from disadvantaged backgrounds. Learn how you can help.

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CNA Online(10 November 2023)

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