The Census of Early Childhood Institutions (ECIs) in Jamaica is an annual activity carried out by the Early Child Commission (ECC) to ensure information on institutions and those working in the sector is accurate and current. It is the aim of the ECC to collect census data to support its planning, policy- and decision-making are data-driven.  Knowing, too, that there are several national and international interests that depend on the accuracy of information provided by the ECC to take decisions that will impact the sector, further underscores the need for the Census.  The full participation of all ECIs and their employees is vital.

Data collection instruments consist of three (3) forms.

1. ECI Data Collection Form

 To be completed by the individual with information pertinent to the operation of your ECI (e.g. Owner/Operator, Principal, or Senior Administrator)

 One form to be completed per institution

2. Staff Data Collection Form

 To be completed by each individual working at the school, including volunteers. For example, if there are five (5) persons working at your school, 5 forms (one form per person) are to be filled in.

3. Special Needs Form

 To be completed by the individual with information pertinent about children suspected to have special needs and children identified with special needs (e.g. Principal, Trained Teacher, etc.)


If you are unsure of the Zone/Cluster to which your ECI belongs, please contact your ECC Development Officer, Inspector or the Research Unit at (876) 618-2769 or via email at Other questions and concerns relating to the Census may also be directed to these parties. Please be sure to check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sheet provided at the bottom of this page., as the answer to your question may already be there.

Please note, that Census 2022-23 data collection process is entirely online. The census forms can be completed using any devices with internet connection or data, including, cell phones, tablets, laptop or personal computer. The links below, when individually clicked, will open a specific data collection form. Please ensure that you are filling out the correct data collection form before it is submitted. If you are completing forms for multiple individuals, you can use the “submit another response” link to complete a new form.

Finally, understanding that data collection is crucial to the development of the early childhood sector, we ask everyone to encourage all ECI operators, principals, teachers/practitioners, administrators, cooks, janitors, and even volunteers to participate in the Census.

The ECC believes that progress within the early childhood sector is synonymous with national growth and development in Jamaica. We thank you for your contribution to Census 2022-23.


Useful Links

Instructions for Online Forms: Click on the form you wish to complete online

ECI Data Collection Form (Google Form)

Staff Data Collection Form (Google Form)

Special Needs Data Collection Form (Google Form)