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  • The Government is continuing work on the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme with an allocation of $243 million.
  • For the 2016/17 period, a pilot parenting intervention will be implemented for the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) families with children ages two to six years old.
  • Up to December 2015, work was undertaken for a parenting pilot project in the parishes of Clarendon, Kingston, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Ann and St. James, and two consultancies were engaged to study the impact of the pilot.

The Government is continuing work on the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme with an allocation of $243 million.

The funds have been made available in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.

Being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the project aims to support the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to improve human capital and labour market outcomes of the poor by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of key social protection programmes.

It got underway in December 2012 and is expected to conclude in December 2016.

For the 2016/17 period, a pilot parenting intervention will be implemented for the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) families with children ages two to six years old.

In addition, the PATH Management Information System (MIS) will be upgraded to facilitate the pilot for the Beneficiary Management Information System (BMIS) conditionality for parenting workshops; and the Ministry’s website and the intranet will be enhanced to streamline the project and eliminate inefficiencies in the system.

The allocation will also facilitate completion of construction works at the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) location at Hanover Street in Kingston and the Stimulation-Plus (STIM-PLUS) Early Childhood Development Centre in Rockfort, East Kingston; strengthening of the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) and the School Feeding Programme (SFP); and modernisation of the School Feeding Policy (SFP) and operations manual.

Up to December 2015, work was undertaken for a parenting pilot project in the parishes of Clarendon, Kingston, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Ann and St. James, and two consultancies were engaged to study the impact of the pilot.

Meanwhile, 78 schools in the Ministry of Education’s Region were engaged for a School Feeding Programme pilot.