Early childhood centre opens in Eltham

Published: Sunday | December 20, 2009

Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer

Devon Ranger at the Eltham Early Childhood Centre in Spanish Town, St Catherine. - Photo by Rasbert Turner

The opening of the Eltham Early Childhood Resource Centre in St Catherine is being lauded by many residents.

"It is a great addition to the community, especially because there is training in garment manufacturing and other trade that will help in a big way," said Devon Ranger, a resident.

Ranger told The Gleaner that since the opening of the centre, lives in the area have been transformed.

"Since the thing come here, parents are wasting no time to come and try to learn how to sew their children's clothes," said Hopeton Rose, councillor for the area.

Other residents gave similar views about the new addition to their community.

The Ministry of Education has also endorsed the new facility as a positive step.

"It is very good that after such a long time, the centre is a finally reality. It shows that early childhood education is going places and we hope there will be replication throughout the island," said Mary Nichols, director of Region 6 in the ministry.

The centre was opened on November 19 by Prime Minister Bruce Golding and his wife, Lorna. Mrs Golding contributed $250,000 to the centre. They both endorsed the concept as the way forward.

"More of these facilities are needed to help and build the nation," the prime minister said.

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