Early childhood development is critical for an individual’s life trajectory. Singapore Longitudinal Early Development Study (SG LEADS) aims to understand the factors that enhance or hinder the multiple domains of children’s development before they attend schools. The study has a nationally representative sample of about 5,000 Singaporean children aged 0-6 including Chinese, Malay, and Indian children. Results show large disparities in resources children receive and their social-emotional and cognitive development. I will present some results based on children’s time diaries and the Woodcock-Johnson achievement tests.
Wei-Jun Jean Yeung is Provost’s Chair Professor of Sociology, Founding Director of the Centre for Family and Population Research, and Research Leader of the Changing Family in Asia cluster in the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. She is a council member of the Asian Population Association and of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Family. Her research interests are in family, population, and social inequality. Her recent publications include those that examine the global family changes, productive aging, transition to adulthood, migration, marriage, and children’s well-being.