Singapore Longitudinal EArly Development Study (SG LEADS)

Singapore Longitudinal EArly Development Study (SG LEADS) Brochure


Project Details

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), A/P 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), A/P Walter Theseira (SUSS), Prof Brenda Yeoh (Geography), Dr Rongjun Yu (Psychology)

Funded by The Ministry of Education Social Science Research Thematic Grant (MOE2016 – SSRTG – 044)

Amount: S$8,479,995

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: A/P 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.


Satellite Projects:

(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: Associate Professor Jessica Pan and Associate Professor Walter Theseira
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.


International Advisory Board

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


Principal Investigator

Wei-Jun Jean YEUNGNational University of Singapore


Co-Principal Investigators

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

Walter THESEIRASingapore University of Social Sciences

Brenda YEOHNational University of Singapore

YU RongjunNational University of Singapore


Research Staff

PASARABA Lori Jane (Gi)Research Associate/ Research Manager

Olivia GOH Mei HuiResearch Associate

CHEN LuxiPostdoctoral Fellow

Elizabeth KIMPostdoctoral Fellow

OOI Seok HuiPostdoctoral Fellow

Attiya Bt ASHRAF ALIResearch Assistant

SU Li WeyResearch Assistant

Joyous TANResearch Assistant


Research Scholars

LIM Kia YeeDepartment of Economics

Shuya LUDepartment of Sociology

Nawal Binti MOHAMED HASHIMDepartment of Psychology

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Contact Us


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

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