CapitaLand-Bright Horizons Fund Ready-for-School Programme
The CapitaLand-Bright Horizons Fund Ready-for-School programme was launched in 2019 to help NTUC First Campus’ My First Skool pre-school children from low-income families be ready for primary school. Under the programme, CapitaLand’s pledged donation of over S$1.9 million allows more My First Skool centres to provide the Classroom Support Programme (CSP), as well as provides schooling essentials for graduating low-income K2 children. About 1,000 children benefit from the programme every year.
Socio-emotional modules was introduced to the CSP in 2022 as a result of the findings from a Classroom Support Programme Impact Study, which was executed by the National Institute of Education. The study affirmed the effectiveness of the CSP, with children in the study showing marked improvement in language acquisition, obtaining a score similar to that of their peers in Kindergarten 2 despite vastly different starting points. At the same time, the study indicated that children developed greater self-confidence and better learning dispositions when the Classroom Co-Facilitators catered to both their learning and socio-emotional needs.
Our staff from different parts of the world also submitted messages of encouragement for the students to congratulate them on their graduation from preschool and give them well-wishes for the new primary school journey ahead:
I reminisce the child I was
Running around on uneven roads
Falling and rising again with bruises
I still tell stories of how
I got that cut under my chin
The stitches are but a faded presence Just like the child I used to be
I still dance for no reason when am alone
I hum and sing the tune of my favorite song
Pouting on the inside when I can’t get my way
Drawing the sun with a smile and lines around as ray Just like what goes up, comes down
I am hopeful to meet again that childhood of mine
So don’t grow up too soon
Play and question, dream imagination
Coz even though the world seems different right now
When you will look back, it will all be fine.
From: N.C. (India)
In 2019, the children were treated to a learning journey to Jewel Changi Airport. Read more about it here.
During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 43 CapitaLand staff volunteers took time off to pack schooling essentials sponsored by CapitaLand Hope Foundation and wrote encouragement cards for 915 graduating Kindergarten 2 students across 138 My First Skool centres. A video message below was also put together for the children and their parents.