December 17, 2017  8:42:20am

Cheque Presentation to the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) JPS and UWJ CEOs interact with the children UWJ volunteers interact with children in Clarendon United Way Campaign Chairman spending time with  Port Royal Basic school Students

Cheque Presentation to the Early Childhood Commission (ECC)

Chairman of The United Way of Jamaica Mr. Ian Forbes and President/CEO Mrs. Winsome Wilkins, presented a cheque in the amount of one million, five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) to the Executive Director of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) Dr. Joan Reid

JPS and UWJ CEOs interact with the children

Mrs. Winsome Wilkins, CEO, United Way of Jamaica interacts with the children as Ms. Kelly Tomblin President & CEO of Jamaica Public Service (JPS) looks on.

UWJ volunteers interact with children in Clarendon

(L-R) United Way of Jamaica (UWJ) volunteers Mr. Carlton Stephens, Ms. Marcia Forbes and Ms. Roberta Burt (right) interact with children at a Clarendon –based early childhood institution, a beneficiary of UWJ.

United Way Campaign Chairman spending time with Port Royal Basic school Students

Mr. Wayne Wray, Chairman of Campaign at United Way of Jamaica spends time with the students of Port Royal Basic School.

The Board of the United Way of Jamaica (UWJ) has made Early Childhood Development one of its main priorities over the next five (5) years. This area of focus was selected based on national statistics which pointed to the inadequate facilities and learning opportunities for pre-primary school children.  One of the major challenges for early childhood learning is the lack of adequately trained practitioners to properly prepare children to begin primary education which results in the costly cycle of remedial training into the educational process.

The UWJ has therefore initiated various partnerships regarding the Early Childhood Development Initiative to:

  • Provide much needed training for approximately 2500 early childhood practitioners across the island.
  • Make the training available on line to increase the number of teachers trained over a shorter period and reduce individual cost to teachers
  • Establish national metrics for 4 year olds – starting with a pilot

The United Way’s goal is to increase the readiness of children entering grade 1.