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Public urged to donate to early-childhood institutions

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2016 | 12:42 AM

The Early Childhood Commission (ECC) is encouraging entities and individuals to consider making donations to early-childhood institutions to help them meet certification standards.

The Commission is working to certify 100 more such institutions by August 2017.

Eighteen institutions were certified this year.     

Acting Executive Director of the ECC, Karlene Deslandes, says plans are in place to launch the ECC’s Support-A-School Programme in 2017.

The initiative seeks to encourage the donation of toys and play equipment, teaching and learning materials, tablets, computers, Internet and telephone service, or fund required documents such as police records, and food handler’s permits.  

Deslandes says the early-childhood institutions to be considered for funding and donations are those most in need, based on location as shown on the poverty map created by the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

She explains that the schools must have submitted an application for registration to the ECC, and had their premises examined by an ECC Inspector.