The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has developed a strategy that will see the establishment of two day-care centres in each constituency at a cost of $520 million.
This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Floyd Green, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives today (May 8).
“That is 126 day-care centres across the length and breadth of Jamaica. The strategy will involve the selection of institutions in each constituency that have the capacity to accommodate children from three months to five-plus years,” Mr. Green pointed out.
He noted that the Ministry will assess each institution to determine the type of retrofitting and support that will be needed, ensuring that Boards are in place for each institution.
Mr. Green said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed, which will outline the expectations and agreement of both parties.
“The Ministry will provide trained early-childhood teachers, will upgrade facilities where needed, will provide furniture and equipment and resource materials, and children will attend these centres free of cost,” he said.
The State Minister informed that already, 52 institutions have signed the MOUs and are ready to begin.
“We know that it is during these early years, the first 1,000 days, that the majority of the brain development takes place, and, as such, we are creating a safe and conducive environment to allow our children to unleash their tomorrow today,” Mr Green said.