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Ministries, agencies help disadvantaged families make full use of $3,000 grant for children

Jun 29, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Ms Zamaira found out that children with single parents were also eligible for the grant after she received a call from a staff member at self-help group Singapore Indian Development Association.

To help parents like her be better informed and to encourage them to set up CDAs for their children, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social and Family Development, People's Association and Sinda said in a joint statement on Monday that they are working together to reach out to disadvantaged families of more than 780 children.

The initiative is led by the Uplifting Pupils in Life and Inspiring Families Taskforce, an inter-agency task force set up in 2018 and helmed by Second Minister for Education Indranee Rajah to strengthen support for students from disadvantaged families.

As of June 23, about 150 families were in the midst of opening or have opened the CDA for their children.

Ms Indranee said that since the grant was introduced, many families have benefited, "But we discovered that about 780 children from lower-income households had not yet opened CDAs and hence, had not received the grant".