Updated: 03/13/2014 21:46

KiFAS to benefit families from January next year

KiFAS to benefit families from January next year

From January next year, more lower and middle-income families will be able to benefit from the enhanced Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme, or KiFAS. 

Minister for Social and Family Development, Chan Chun Sing, announced the enhancements to the scheme during his ministry's Committee of Supply debate.

Elaborating on the details, he said the maximum subsidy will be raised to $160 from $108 a month. 

The scheme will also be extended to cover families with a gross household income of of up to $6,000.

For larger households with at least 5 family members, the gross monthly per capita income should not exceed $1,500 to be eligible. 

"This means that in the past, only 1 in 3 will qualify for KiFAS. In the future, 1 in 2 will be able to qualify. For the lowest income group, they will be able to send their children to kindergarten with no more than 1, 2 or 3 dollars per month."

KiFAS is available for families of Singaporean children who attend kindergartens run by anchor operators or the Ministry of Education. 

About $20 million per year will be set aside for KiFAS, which is double the amount today.

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