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.

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.

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.

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.

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.