In early childhood development, the role of the community is less obvious than that of schools and families, but equally important. The Project team believes that the community should be a place where child caregivers receive different kinds of support, and also a place for caregivers to establish supportive networks amongst them.
Therefore, the Project establishes KeySteps@JC community hubs at Sham Shui Po and Tin Shui Wai. It adopts a multidisciplinary collaboration among education, health and welfare on establishment of its hardware and programs, aiming to provide holistic support to children with disadvantaged background and their families, so as to foster social connectedness. Design of various zoning and facilities are informed by data collected from the project, and the data will be further enriched by children’s performance observed at the hub. Through observation to the children at hub, parents and teachers can learn more about different skills supporting child’s development, making the hub an extended learning platform for families and schools. Children can get developmentally appropriate experiences from the hub, while parents can access to different social network and resource, promoting their family functioning.