February 22, 2019:

Early Childhood Practitioners and children from twenty schools in Westmoreland are to benefit from the 2019 Early Childhood Institutions’ Quiz Competition that has been launched by the Kiwanis Club of Westmoreland Capital.

Young Children Priority One Director Barrington Grey says “since the inception of the Kiwanis Club of Westmoreland Capital, Early Childhood Quiz Competition in February 2009, each school community in Westmoreland has been positively impacted. The schools have gained exposure, given opportunities for interactions with other institutions and there has been an increase in the competitiveness between the ECIs”. This he says, allows the children to build confidence and to learn leadership at an early age.

The competition was launched on Monday, February 18, 2019 at Hotel Commingle in Westmoreland.

Chairman of the Early Childhood Commission, Trisha Williams-Singh who was the guest speaker, encouraged parents and practitioners to take responsibility for the optimal development of children. She said “it is during the early years that you are most impactful in the life of a child. During this period, the foundation is laid for the future development of children.” Mrs. Williams-Singh alluded to the 12 Operating Standards for Early Childhood Institutions. These she said, were designed in the interest of the children and must be implemented.

The winners of the 2019 Early Childhood Institutions’ Quiz Competition will receive $25,000 and a trophy, second place $20,000 and third place will receive $15,000.