FDCC Website LayoutAfter careful consideration and weighing the feedback from our online visitors, we decided to embark on a revamping exercise of our website. We recognise the importance of keeping our online community engaged. Therefore, we sought toimprove our web presence and our social media outlets in the most cost effective manner, while making the experience a user friendly one through easier navigation and browsing."

We knew we needed a website that was more interactive that spoke to the needs of early childhood development and thedeficiencies we face in the region.

You will notice we now have interactive sliders throughout the website, predominantly placed on our home page. We have included the social network follow tabs so as to increase our visibility throughout the digital space.

Our donate pages, do not only speak to the financial needs but also encourages site visitors to volunteer in kind; with their time.

Our forms for membership registration and volunteering for both individuals and corporations are now accessible for submittal online.

While the website will always be an ongoing process, as we will be adding new elements, updating news items, and restructuring content, we are excited about our official launch. We sincerely hope you will take some time to review our current site, and share the link with your family and friends.

Kay MusselwhiteI’d like to congratulate our small but highly skilled and committed FDCC executive team. Reading the appeal for UN Member State support of early childhood development (ECD), it struck me that our FDCC messaging about ECD is almost identical to the messaging in this important document. As the saying goes, ‘Great minds think alike’! We can be proud of this synergy and draw confidence from it. By saying all the right things, the FDCC is making a huge contribution to developing our children across the Caribbean.

We have a vast array of compelling ECD messages. The FDCC talks about supporting the most vulnerable and marginalized, about championing citizens’ rights, and about levelling the playing field to ensure our children reach their full potential. It also talks about reducing levels of drop-out from school, delinquency and crime. And it talks about improving the workforce, breaking the cycle of poverty and building sustainable communities. With money so tight these days, my favourite ECD message is the cost-efficiency one – that Caribbean ECD interventions have been proved to deliver by far the best cost-to-benefit ratio. Congratulations to our FDCC team for their great minds and clear voice across the region. Keep up the good work!

FDCC LIAT GIVE BACKThe Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) and LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, continue to partner to ensure that the region’s most vulnerable children are not forgotten.
During the 2013 Christmas season, members of the LIAT crew and FDCC officials took time out to spread cheer and give gifts to over 1400 children in the Roving Caregivers Programme across Grenada, St Lucia and Dominica.
After signing a MOU in October 2012, LIAT and FDCC launched the Sky’s the Limit on-board donation campaign, to raise funds to provide vulnerable children with access to early childhood stimulation and development services, including the innovative Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP).
To date, LIAT and FDCC have raised over US$14,000, which helps to ensure that RCP children will receive the gift of a good education all year round. Some of the funds were also used to give the children a special gift delivered by members of LIAT and FDCC as they travelled to the various islands visiting many RCP families and spending time with the children who currently benefit from the Sky’s the Limit campaign.
According to the FDCC’s Director of Operations, Clive Murray, “The Sky’s the Limit campaign allows Caribbean nationals and tourists to give back to the vulnerable children in our region and we are so pleased by the tremendous response. To date, the RCP programme alone has helped over 12,000 children in Grenada, St Vincent, St Lucia and Dominica. We are now pushing to our initial target of raising US$25,000 on board LIAT flights. This will allow us to expand our services so that more children have a chance for a better start in life. We really have to thank our partner, LIAT for making this possible.”
During the tour to the three islands just before Christmas, the LIAT crew and FDCC officials travelled “across hills and valleys” bringing gifts to various communities where there were group presentations, caroling and house-to house visits in some instances. In Dominica, the team visited Monkey Hill in Marigot, the Carib Territory, Castle Bruce and Silver Lake. In St. Lucia, they were welcomed by families in Vieux-Fort, Dennery and Anse-La-Raye, while in Grenada, the team spent time in La Calome and Mt. Rich.
LIAT representative, Louana Haywood said, “The visits with the RCP children and their families further strengthened our commitment to the Sky’s the Limit campaign. When you see the joy on the children’s faces and you hear the stories from RCP parents about how the FDCC’s programmes are making such a difference in their children’s lives, it makes our efforts seem so worthwhile. LIAT is so pleased that we can play a part to ensure that more of our Caribbean children get the start in life they deserve.”

THE critical importance in early childhood development (ECD) programmes in attenuating cognitive and social delays in children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds is of increasing interest to government and non-governmental agencies, policy makers, and educators in the developing world.

Poverty and a lack of access to ECD place children on an unfavourable developmental trajectory: a life condemned to manual labour in young adulthood, poor family planning, and poor parenting skills. Undoubtedly, these outcomes also apply to Jamaica where sizable numbers of families and children live under difficult social and economic circumstances.

Research has shown that 75 per cent of brain development occurs in the first five years of life. Brain stimulation from birth (ie being read to) helps develop pre-literacy skills, and learning to read is the single most important factor in school success. Early stimulation of the brain also sets the stage for how children will learn and interact with others throughout life.

As the maturing brain becomes more specialised to assume more complex functions, it becomes less capable of reorganising and adapting to new or unexpected challenges. It is for this precise reason that development delays before age five or six are difficult to compensate for later in life. Once the brain's circuit is wired, it stabilises with age, making it increasingly more difficult to alter over time

According to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (October 2008), approximately 75 per cent of men and approximately 56 per cent of women in the labour force had passed no exams and received no certification upon entering the workforce. These outcomes have obvious consequences for the competitiveness of the Jamaican economy.

Despite high levels of access to primary (99.7 per cent) and secondary (83 per cent) schooling, educational achievements in Jamaica are relatively low, as measured by national assessments in 2009. At Grade one, none of the five sub-tests of the assessment was mastered by more than 24 per cent of the six-year-olds entering primary school and 18 per cent of them did not master a single sub-test (UNICEF, 2009).

At Grade four, 70 per cent showed mastery of the literacy test (girls 81 per cent; boys 59 per cent) and 45 per cent gained mastery on the numeracy test (girls 55 per cent; boys 36 per cent). Of particular concern is the low achievement of boys and children from the poorest and/or most volatile communities (UNICEF, 2009).


Roving Caregivers Programme:

The Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP) originated in Jamaica as a home visitation programme aimed at addressing the early childhood development needs of children (ages 0 - 3) in vulnerable (largely rural) families. It proved to be a useful model for providing these services in communities which would not otherwise have had access and was recognised by UNICEF in 2000 with its highest honour, the Maurice Pate Award.

The RCP builds on a solid history of home-based intervention as a way of inoculating young children against intellectual and social failure during the formative years. Couched within eco-cultural theoretical perspectives on parenting and child-rearing, the RCP uses culturally and developmentally appropriate stimulation activities with the chief purpose of improving parenting skills and altering child-rearing beliefs that would then prevent developmental lags identified in poor Jamaican children around their first birthday.

Often in the Caribbean, there are few opportunities for parents to receive information on optimal parenting, much less parent stimulation services. Equally distressing is the fact that a large number of poor parents are young with low educational attainment, and less than optimal parenting skills.

Cognisant of these socio-demographic characteristics and child-rearing challenges facing poor families in Jamaica, the RCP, having its genesis in the Teenage Mothers Project (TMP) (see Jarrett and Alexander Consulting Group Inc, 1995), is at the forefront of efforts to address the developmental delays manifested among poor children (Powell, 2004).

Developmental delays among Jamaican children who live under difficult social and economic conditions have been documented as early as the first birthday. These delays become exacerbated by age five when poor children show lags of as much as 20 IQ points behind their middle-class counterparts (Chambers & Grantham-McGregor, 1986).

The pivotal role of the RCP is to improve the child-rearing beliefs and parenting practices of rural poor Jamaican parents with the hope of reversing the lags in cognitive and social skills that their young children show prior to entry into basic schools.


Strengths of the RCP:

A critical impulse driving the need for the RCP to be taken seriously by policymakers is the fact that it responds to some serious gaps and deficiencies in the provision of childcare, development and protection services, particularly for the most vulnerable. Whether state or private, provision of these services invariably tends to be uni-dimensional.

Private day-care services provide little more than child-minding services which include significant child stimulation. They tend to be expensive and out of reach of the poorest. Public services are too often over-subscribed with insufficiently trained staff and are poorly resourced.

There are hardly any other examples of services which address these needs in a holistic manner, combining child stimulation with protective health, maternal support and parenting training.


Specific strengths of the RCP are as follows:

- Grounded in culturally relevant theoretical principles of ECD and early intervention.

-Community-based family intervention/bringing services directly to the home.

-Strong community-based parent education component that zeroes in on parent-management techniques, health and childhood safety issues, and growth-promoting child-rearing practices.

-Parent/child stimulation activities that are culturally and developmentally appropriate.

-Well-planned curriculum and activities.

-Engagement of other community and civic organisations in the process.


Replication of RCP into North West St Ann pre-schools:

The experience of the RCP has concretely demonstrated its potential to cost-effectively deliver a vital social service while incorporating multi-partner alliances. The adaptability and flexibility of the RCP model is one of its most important characteristics. It has been identified as an indigenous innovation, subjected to rigorous research, assessment and piloting that shape it into a replicable solution.

In a comprehensive study, Roopnarine (2005) convincingly explored the theoretical and research foundations and efficacy of the RCP and he concluded that:

The RCP carefully integrates childhood constructs rooted in child development theoretical principles that have well-defined norms of childhood behaviours and skills, eco-cultural frameworks on parental psychologies that lay the foundation for structuring everyday settings and experiences for young children, and prevention models that seek to identify risk factors within families and to develop appropriate services that would assist in moderating them.

Impact studies of the RCP were conducted by the Bernard van Leer Foundation in 2004 and 2008. The first study conducted in Jamaica concluded that the programme had a substantial impact on the cognitive development of young children after one year of enrolment.

These independent conclusions therefore attest to the theoretical and methodological soundness of the RCP replication and confirm that the core objective of stimulating the cognitive capacity of the child is attainable.


Why North West St Ann?

Children from chronically poor households are likely to experience the most debilitating kind of deprivation which is too often reflected in their performance at school. St Ann is steeped in poverty and is ranked as the poorest parish based on the consumption trend of its population. According to the Planning Institute of Jamaica's recently launched Jamaica poverty map, about 14 of the island's poorest communities are in the garden parish.

The findings provide very strong evidence in support of ensuring that poverty reduction should be accompanied by very deliberate and sustained emphasis on pre-school and primary school development and education.

Targeting the children of the poor and unemployed is of particular importance because it is this group that is less likely to enrol in pre-school or engage in early brain stimulation activities. This group is also more likely to attain lower achievement levels or grades for their age and to have poor cognitive ability.

The establishment of an RCP curriculum-based approach into existing pre-schools in North West St Ann that meets best practices standards will no doubt provide the gateway for early stimulation and an early head start in literacy for the children of this constituency. North West St Ann can therefore be an ideal location for the joint partnership between the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children and the Government of Jamaica

Dr Dayton Campbell, a medical doctor, is member of parliament for St Ann North West.


REGIONAL LITERACYThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has selected the theme ‘Literacy and Peace’ for this year‘s commemoration of International Literacy Day, which will be celebrated on September 8th.

This year’s theme falls under UNESCO’s broader 2009-2011 theme, ‘Literacy and Empowerment’, which seeks to establish the link between a literate society and a motivated society which strives towards development.

RCP CAN HAVE SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE DEVELOPEMENTOn a recent RCP Dominica field visit (March 14, 2011), the British High Commissioner to the Eastern Caribbean, His Excellency Paul Brummell, visited several communities served by this informal home-visiting early childhood development programme, and noted that it can play a significant role in the development of the region. “Even though the stated goal is all about the children, I can see how [the RCP] benefits a number of people in the wider community”, he said.

INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAYToday, September 8th 2011, the world celebrates International Literacy Day, under the theme ‘Literacy and Peace’. Promoted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), International Literacy Day aims to shine the spotlight on literacy issues and underline the importance of literacy in development and in the fight against violence and poverty, as this year’s theme indicates.

RCP ADDRESSESWhilst birth-rates for teenagers between the ages of 17 to 19 years decreased in 2010, research findings presented by the Ministry of Health in St Vincent and the Grenadines show a significant increase in underage pregnancies between the ages of 10-14. However, recent initiatives carried out through the Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP) have sought to address these issues. Interviewed at the annual RCP Coordinators’ meeting at the Savannah Hotel, Barbados, RCP coordinator Judith Hull-Ballah talked about combating the growing social problem through advocacy activities, curriculum training and parenting education.

In just a few days, the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC), will unveil our new state-of the-art website and attractive Facebook and Twitter platforms.

Recognising the ever-increasing role of technology in communication, the FDCC has embraced the internet and social media as strong channels through which our various publics can be engaged.

FoundationSusan Branker, Programme Director, Caribbean Child Support Initiative, Barbados; Fiona Wilson, Research Fellow, and Rosalind Eyben, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's decision to phase out of the Caribbean region presented the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) with a dilemma: without the Foundation's funding, should the CCsi seek to continue to grow through a model of organic change or instead move towards a strategy of institutionalisation? This article considers the pros and cons of the two approaches to scaling-up a successful programme, and discusses how the decision to pursue a strategy of institutionalisation led to the formation of the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children as a successor to the CCSI.

Dominica FlagThe Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development on Wednesday announced plans to introduce Universal Early Childhood Education by September 2012.

resolveDon’t resolve to do, just do! Do something you’ve never done before; something unconventional, uncommon, and even unpopular. Donate to a charity. And I have one for you. There is an organization worth supporting whose efforts benefit children and their families at home and the region.

CCSIGroupPixs“The money that we spend on early childhood development today will reduce the amount of money we have to invest in hospitals, jails and cemeteries tomorrow.” Cuthbert Didier, Director, Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC).

The Caribbean region has been the breeding ground for outstanding individuals in every discipline or profession. Many of our nationals have carved out positions on the world stage. Take, for example, the accomplishments of the late Sir Arthur Lewis (1915-1991). He was born in the relatively small island of St. Lucia and rose to prominence as a world-class economist and strategic thinker.

Development Bank.jpgThe Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has taken another step in its ongoing support of Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiatives in the Caribbean. CDB recently signed an agreement with the Caribbean Center for Development Administration (CARICAD) to provide a USD$64,603 grant to a Project entitled, ‘Advocacy of ECD Initiative’ initiated by the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI).

The CDB grant funds were allocated from the Basic Need Trust Fund (BNTF) 6thProgramme and will be used to finance the production and dissemination of the “Early Childhood Advocacy Toolkit”, training materials and training of advocates of the local Youth and Community Advocacy Network (YouCAN) in Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In addition, the funds will support the production and dissemination of the Toolkit and training materials in Belize and Jamaica.

Successive BNTF Programmes have provided grants for gender-specific activities of the Roving Caregivers Programme (developed by CCSI) in St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Bank is going beyond the provision of the infrastructure and is supporting the enabling social environment to promote and sustain positive ECD, especially in conditions of poverty and vulnerability. BNTF 6 aims, inter alia, to strengthen partnerships and networks to improve programme delivery in this sector towards enhancing development outcomes. The provision of additional support to ECD initiatives such as the Roving Caregivers is aligned to the BNTF 6 outcome of networking for community development.

The Project also seeks to strengthen the capacity of the local YouCAN networks to raise awareness among communities and civil society for gender-sensitive ECD services to socially vulnerable young children and families.

The initiative will fulfill another BNTF 6 objective of promoting and strengthening community organisations and their capacity to initiate and manage change. Strengthening of the local, community YouCAN networks in six of CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries will provide the platform for a regional network to be established. In keeping with CDB’s cross-cutting theme of gender equality, the Advocacy Toolkit will address issues of gender relations and thereby contribute to strengthening the skills and self-confidence of young women and young men to improve the quality of their lives and increase advocacy for positive gender socialisation of girls and boys.

Capacity building workshops using the advocacy training materials have already started in the 4 OECS countries (Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines). In December 2011, over 80 members from the 4 local YouCANs were trained in the areas of Building Relationships, Advocacy and the Media, Delivering Presentations and Speeches and Monitoring and Evaluation. They were trained as advocates to create greater awareness and visibility on ECD/Family and community support needs. Each local YouCAN will develop an Advocacy Action Plan which will start implementation of activities as of March 2012.

The CCSI, which was managed by CARICAD from 2002 to 2011, has evolved into the recently launched Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC). The CCSI established the YouCAN, which is a network of advocates garnering support at the community level by creating the demand for quality ECD and family support services. The purpose of the YouCAN is to engage in discourse and advocate on the behalf of young children and families living in disadvantaged circumstances where ECD services are not available or accessible to them.

The FDCC will be responsible for the implementation of the remaining activities commenced by the CCSI, which will include facilitating the development of country specific Advocacy Action Plans, further capacity building workshops as well as the monitoring and evaluation of activities.

Corporate SectorSt Lucia’s Corporate Sector is being reminded of its Social Responsibility in the development of its country and the wider Caribbean. This will be the focus of a luncheon being held for over 40 representatives from the country’s business sector on Tuesday February 21st at the Sandals La Toc Golf Resort and Spa. The event will be hosted by the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC).

Private Sector encouragedSt. Lucia’s private sector is being encouraged “to spend private money for the public good”. This from, Rien van Gendt, the former Executive Director of the Bernard Van Leer Foundation (BVLF) based in the Netherlands. Mr van Gendt was speaking on “The Importance of Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility in Moving the Development Agenda Forward”, at a luncheon at the Sandals La Toc Golf Resort and Spa in St. Lucia.

GovernorDame Dr. Louisy was speaking at a Gala Fund-Raising event at the Sandals Beach Resort and Spa in St Lucia, hosted by the FDCC and Sandals Resorts International. Calling on both the public and private sector to invest in the RCP, the Governor General said, “Our society cannot afford the cost of neglecting our children. Neglected children, particularly those raised in disadvantaged environments are less likely to succeed in school and in economic and social life”.

BVLF TrusteesThe newly-established Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) recently hosted Trustees of the Bernard Van Leer Foundation (BVLF), one of the region’s major partners in the promotion of Early Childhood Development (ECD). Among the BVLF contingent were Rien Van Gendt, Trustee and a former Executive Director, Jacqueline Tammenoms-Bakker and Director of Communications, Leontien Peeters.The Netherlands-based Foundation was the major funding source of the Caribbean Child Support Initiative, started in 2002. In 2011, this programme transitioned to the FDCC, as the first indigenous Foundation focused on early childhood development (ECD). The FDCC is headed by Consultant Director, Susan Branker and chaired, by Dr Didacus Jules, head of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

High Court Judge appointed to the Board of the FDCCHigh Court Judge, Francis H V Belle, has been recently appointed to the Board of the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC). He joins a distinguished team of Caribbean professionals on what is the first-ever indigenous Foundation focussed on early childhood development.

msDuty Free Caribbean Holdings in St Lucia has taken the lead in “giving back” to the region’s children, as the company recently presented a cheque for US$5000 to support the work of the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC).

susan speakingThe Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) called for greater interdependence among citizens, stakeholders and leaders as the region turned its attention to early childhood development (ECD) during a three-day Regional Conference on ECD hosted by the Caribbean Development Bank. The conference took place at the Marriott Hotel, Beach Club, Frigate Bay, St Kitts Nevis from April 2 – 4, 2012.

Child Health CareThe government of St Vincent and the Grenadines is receiving high marks for formally launching the Early Childhood Health Outreach (ECHO) programme, designed to provide disadvantaged families with increased and improved health care services at the community level.

PARENTINGThe FDCC and Barbados' Nation Publishing have joined forces to promote the importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD) locally, regionally and among the Caribbean diaspora. Recently, the two organisations signed a cooperative agreement which opens the door for long-term partnership at various levels, including the publication of the new Parenting Today magazine for 2012 and 2013, as well as the promotion of ECD and the work of the FDCC via the Nation's online services and video and hyper link opportunities. The Nation agreed that this partnership is a demonstration of its interest in “giving back” and strong sense of corporate social responsibility and good will. For the FDCC, the partnership with the Nation reflects its on-going approach to develop effective relationships with governments, the corporate sector and civil society for the expansion and improvement of ECD services for the region's children, especially the disadvantaged.

Picture of Dr Logie for webEarly childhood development expert, Dr. Carol Logie, has been appointed to the Board of the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC). She joins a distinguished team of Caribbean professionals in the first-ever indigenous Foundation focussed on early childhood development.

Caribbean Media CorporationThe CMC ( the Caribbean Media Corporation) and the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will see the two entities working closely on behalf of the region's children. The FDCC, the first indigenous Foundation in the Caribbean committed to the improved and expanded provision of early childhood development services has signed CMC as its Regional News Partner for one year in the first instance.

GrenadianBusinesses in the Caribbean cannot prosper in a society that has failed. This from Chairman of the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC), Dr Didacus Jules, as he addressed the corporate sector in Grenada at a special luncheon on July 25th. Dr Jules, also the Head of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), was speaking on “The Importance of Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility in Moving the Development Agenda Forward.”

Susan BrankerThe Foundation for the Development Children has moved into full fundraising gear in an effort to raise US$25,000 towards the provision of early childhood development services (ECD) in the Caribbean by the end of 2012.

At the start of primary school, 25 to 30% of Caribbean children have not acquired the skills necessary to fully benefit from this education and nine out of ten children have no access to daycare or early childhood development programmes.

MORE SUPPORT FOR THE REGIONAs Caribbean travellers generously donate their loose change to the FDCC/LIAT’s Sky’s the Limit inflight campaign, one of the FDCC’s media partners, CMC, stopped by the FDCC’s offices to make their contribution to the Caribbean’s most vulnerable children. CMC’s Loretta Skeete(centre)handed over a “bucketful” of loose change on behalf of her organisation to the Foundation’s Consultant Director, Susan Branker (right).

FDCC and LIAT pay a visit to RCP families in St. LuciaThe Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) recently brought together members of LIAT’s Cabin crew who have been helping to raise funds for the region’s most vulnerable children and some of the recipients of their efforts.

Consultant Director of the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) presents Prize Winner, Shadia Forde with two tickets from LIAT, the Caribbean Airline to any LIAT destination. Shadia came out on top during the Digiciel Text to Win Promotion in support of the FDCC’s work to improve and expand effective early childhood development services in the region. The competition also helped to raise public awareness about the FDCC and the importance of early childhood development. Also in the photo is Shadia’s seven-month old son, Dominic.

Caribbean Parents urged to secure their children’s birth certificates by March 31st Caribbean Parents urged to secure their children’s birth certificates by March 31st Caribbean Parents urged to secure their children’s birth certificates by March 31st The Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) is working with the Governments of the Windward Islands on a Birth Registration Catch Up Campaign to ensure that all children under the age of 18 have a fully completed birth certificate by March 31st, 2013.

More Funding Needed For Caribbean’s Vulnerable ChildrenThe Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) is calling for more sustainable funding for early childhood development (ECD) across the region.This comes from Fundraising and Development Consultant, Susan Branker-Greene, as she called for “a change in the philanthropic climate in the Caribbean”, to ensure that vulnerable children have equal access to ECD services and stimulation before entering primary school.Branker-Greene was speaking at the (President) Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting themed “Mobilizing for Impact”, which took place in New York City this year from September 23rd to 26th. She was accompanied by one of FDCC’s Directors, Cuthbert Didier. The FDCC was the only Caribbean NGO invited to present at the event.

cliveThe Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) has recently appointed Clive Murray as its Director of Operations. Murray will be responsible for the overall management of the organisation, taking over from former Consultant Director, Susan Branker.

Murray, a Jamaican, has worked for over seven years in the Caribbean’s non-profit sector, developing and managing projects in the areas of advocacy, stakeholder management, capacity development and communications. Before going off to pursue further studies, Murray held the position of Donor and Media Relations Officer with the FDCC. He has also worked with the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) programme, managed by the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) in Barbados and the Social Development Commission (SDC) in Jamaica.

ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES in Early Childhood Development and Education in Caribbean Countries

A new book by Caribbean Experts in the Field of Early Childhood Development has just been published by Caribbean Educational Publishers (2003) Ltd. This book is edited by Dr. Carol Logie, Administrative Director of The University of the West Indies Family Development and Children’s Research Centre and Lecturer at the School of Education, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago together with Professor Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Adjunct Professor of Teaching and Leadership in the School of Education at Syracuse University; and a Research Scientist at the Family Development and Children’s Research Centre at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.