August 14, 2018:

The Early Childhood Commission has commenced distribution of signs for Early Childhood Institutions (ECIs) that have attained the 12 Legal Operating Standards and are now certified.

As it gets closer to the new school term, parents and guardians are being urged to look for these signs, in order to make the best decision of sending their children to schools that have been certified by the Commission. Parents may also ascertain from school administrators whether an institution is registered with the Commission and is working towards certification. Schools that have not been registered are considered to be operating illegally.

“The signs are to encourage other institutions that have not yet applied for registration to begin the process and work towards becoming a certified institution. It is also to encourage parents to choose an institution that will provide children with the best learning environments and experiences that allows optimal brain development. Having this sign means that the institution is equipped with the necessary resources, both human and physical, to stimulate your child in a manner that promotes healthy growth and development. Our goal is to ensure that all children have access to high quality early childhood development services enabling the realization of their full potential and each sign is reflective of Jamaica heading in the right direction,” said Executive Director Karlene DeGrasse-Deslandes.

The certification signs are being delivered to institutions in Regions 1 to 6. Signs were handed-over to ECI Operators in St. Catherine namely Marlin Avenue Basic School, Genesis Day Care and Learning Centre and Unity Basic School. Cynthia Shako Early Childhood Education and Day Care Centre and Kidz World Early Childhood Centre in Kingston have also received certification signs.

One hundred and twenty-six Early Childhood Institutions have been certified and others are now working towards that achievement. The ECC’s thrust is to certify at least 300 ECIs by May 2019. The ECC thanks its partners who continue to support the development of the Early Childhood Sector and are contributing to achieving positive outcomes for Jamaica’s most vulnerable.

Monique Pryce
Communications Manager
Early Childhood Commission
1-876-499-2303/ 922-9296