KeySteps@JC, with a funding support of $225 million from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, is a five-year project aiming to build an integrated model involving medical, education and welfare sectors as well as to provide critical support for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to build stronger foundations. This Trust-initiated project is a collaborative effort amongst The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Christian Service and The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong.

The project will roll out to 32 local kindergartens in two pilot districts (Tin Shui Wai and Sham Shui Po) and build the capacity of around 190 teachers at the pilot schools, covering around 6,000 children and their families.

Project scope and expected outcomes

Child: Provide holistic support (health, emotion, social skills, cognitive and language development) to build stronger foundations for better life outcomes of the children

Family: Enhance parent-child attachment and promote parent/grandparent/caregiver well-being to strengthen family functioning

School: Enhance capacity building, enrich learning environment and school curriculum to create quality learning environment

Community: Develop a child-focused community support model so to create community space to foster social connectedness

Infrastructure: Develop the first cross-disciplinary one-stop web portal and child databank, as well as use evidence-based research to inform future policy design