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Parents' Places and Directory of Services Launched

The Local Implementation Team for The Source's Parents' Place in Westmoreland share a laugh

KINGSTON, November 17, 2011 – The combined launch of Parents’ Month, Parents’ Places and the Directory of Services for Children on November 3, 2011 signalled the achievement of key milestones for those concerned with children’s services in Jamaica.  

The 2011 Directory of Services for Children is a comprehensive, island-wide listing of a range of services including child care and protection, health and skills training.  The updated Directory now comes with two additional tools – a ‘quick reference’ poster listing key services and a web-based version of the Directory.

The tools were produced by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health, with support from UNICEF.  The goal is to make critical information for the provision and referral of services readily accessible to school-based professionals, healthcare professions and importantly, families.

The Directory of Services will be distributed to all schools island-wide, including early childhood institutions, primary and secondary schools. It will also be made available in all hospitals and health centres and in the libraries of the new Parents’ Places. The web-based map is available online at

Parents’ Places can be considered a ‘one-stop-shop’ in or near major communities which provide a comfortable and attractive place for parents to go for information, courses, workshops, mentoring, recreational activities, income-support training  and when possible, diagnostic and therapeutic services.

At the launch, seven Parents’ Places were given the ‘green light’ after extensive training and oversight by a local implementation team which readied them to qualify. They are:

  • All Saints Anglican Church, Kingston
  • Clarendon Early Childhood Resource Centre, Four Paths
  • DRB Grant Early Childhood Resource Centre, Montego Bay
  • Hope for Children Development Company, Kingston
  • RISE Life Management, Kingston
  • The Source, Savanna-la-Mar
  • The YMCA, Kingston

Carlene Narcisse of the All Saints Mothers’ Union was very excited about the opportunity to become a certified Parents’ Place as the church has been conducting parenting workshops for some time. So excited was the group that the only non-Anglican member of the team has readied her own church to apply to become a Parents’ Place.

To learn more about how to become a certified Parents’ Place, visit the Ministry of Education’s website at or e-mail





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