Principal Investigator: Professor Wei-Jun Jean Yeung, Provost's Chair Professor, Sociology Dept, CFPR Director and ARI Research Leader of Changing Family in Asia Cluster, NUS
Co-Principal Investigators: A/P Chia Ngee Choon (Economics), Dr. Ding Xiaopan (Psychology), A/P Corinne Ghoh (Social Work), Prof John Ham (Economics), Dr Ryan Hong (Psychology), A/P Huang Swee Lian, Shirlena (Geography), Prof Lim Sun Sun (SUTD), A/P Jessica Pan (Economics), A/P Leher Singh (Psychology), Prof Brenda Yeoh (Geography), Dr Rongjun Yu (Psychology)
Funded by The Ministry of Education Social Science Research Thematic Grant (MOE2016 – SSRTG – 044)
Project duration: June 2017 to May 2021
This project examines human development in Singapore by using innovative methods to understand factors that can promote Singaporean children’s early childhood development, and provide input that can help address these factors. The main research questions are on the state of Singaporean children; how family, childcare and early education institutions, community, and state interact to shape the development of Singapore’s children; and, how these investments affect intergenerational mobility and social stratification in Singapore.
Core National Panel Survey:
Led By: Professor Wei-Jun Jean Yeung
Co-PIs: Dr Ryan Hong, Dr. Ding Xiaopan, Professor Lim Sun Sun
Focus: The core national survey will be a 2-wave panel study of 5,000 children aged 0 to 6 and will assess children’s motor, social-emotional, language and cognitive skills, health, and factors that potentially shape the multiple domains of child development. The study will focus on the cultural background, early childcare and preschool, time use, technology use, financial and non-monetary investment in children, mother, father and extended family’s roles, family stress, program participation, and community context. The respondents will be selected from a nationally representative probability sample of Singapore resident households that have at least one child under the age of 7, with an oversample of the disadvantaged population. The first wave of the national survey will start in 2018 while the 2nd wave will be in 2020.
(1) Ethnographic Study on Children Growing Up in Cross-Cultural Families
Led By: Professor Brenda Yeoh and Associate Professor Huang Swee Lian, Shirlena
Focus: An ethnographic study focusing on the consequences of cross-cultural low-income family environments for family functioning and child development in terms of sociopsychological well-being, early childhood experience and health. This study will be using a subset of the sample from the Core National Panel Survey.
(2) Early Childhood Language Skills Development
Led By: Associate Professor Leher Singh
Focus: A laboratory experiment of early childhood linguistic development with a special interest in the effects of different multilingual environments for later social, cognitive and language development of children.This study will be using a subset of the sample from the Core National Panel Survey.
(3) Improving Children’s Social Skills
Led By: Assistant Professor Rongjun Yu
Focus: An intervention project that trains children’s minds to build social-emotional skills such as cooperation, empathy, self-control, and identify neural correlates of social cognition and decisionmaking for children.This study will be using a subset of the sample from the Core National Panel Survey.
(4) Improving Preschool Attendance
Led By: Professor John Ham and Associate Professor Jessica Pan
Focus: A randomized control trial (RCT) that evaluates the effectiveness of various incentives at improving preschool attendance rates for disadvantaged children, by motivating parents to commit their children to regular attendance.
(5) Asset Building Early in Life and Matched Savings
Led By: Associate Professor Chia Ngee Choon and Associate Professor Corinne Ghoh
Focus: An assessment of saving attitudes and behaviours of families, and evaluation of the impact of asset-building from matched savings programs on children’s development.
The Singapore Longitudinal Early Development Study (SG LEADS) is advised by a distinguished panel of international scholars who have extensive experiences in longitudinal studies and early childhood development research.
Janeen BAXTERThe University of Queensland
Jeanne BROOKS-GUNNColumbia University
Pamela DAVIS-KEANUniversity of Michigan
Greg DUNCANUniversity of California, Irvine
Sandra L. HOFFERTHUniversity of Maryland
James M. LEPKOWSKIUniversity of Michigan
Narayan SASTRYUniversity of Michigan
Wei-Jun Jean YEUNGNational University of Singapore
CHIA Ngee ChoonNational University of Singapore
DING XiaopanNational University of Singapore
Corinne GHOHNational University of Singapore
Ryan HONGNational University of Singapore
Shirlena HUANGNational University of Singapore
LIM Sun SunSingapore University of Technology and Design
Jessica PANNational University of Singapore
Leher SINGHNational University of Singapore
Brenda YEOHNational University of Singapore
YU RongjunNational University of Singapore
PASARABA Lori Jane (Gi)Research Associate/ Research Manager
Olivia GOH Mei HuiResearch Associate
CHEN LuxiPostdoctoral Fellow
Anna Mini JOSResearch Assistant
LAM Li Ting YvonneResearch Assistant
LIM Kia YeeResearch Assistant
SU Li WeyResearch Assistant
Joyous TANResearch Assistant
OOI Seok HuiInterim Research Assistant
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Ventus (University Campus Infrastructure)
Level 3, Unit #03-01
8 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119246
Professor Jean Yeung (Principal Investigator)
Telephone: +65 65163471
Gi Pasaraba (Research Manager)
Telephone: +65 66014959