- About UWI
The CCDC (formerly the Regional Pre-School Child Development Centre) officially opened its doors in 1975, under the auspices of UNICEF and the Government of Jamaica (GoJ), with the undertaking that the UWI would eventually assume financial responsibilities for the Centre’s operations.
Throughout its history, CCDC has been consistent in pursuing a four-pronged mandate related to the conditions and needs of primarily young children and their families in the Caribbean: research, training, curriculum development and dissemination of information. CCDC maintains both its local and regional profile with programmes in areas such as fathering and gender socialization research, parenting education, day care evaluation, sexual exploitation, HIV/AIDS, Children and Violence, curricula development, materials development, on- and off-site training, policy development and technical assistance to regional governments on early childhood and child development.
The Centre has been involved in projects covering the areas of Research, Policy Development, Curriculum Development, and Networking.
Children and Violence – 2004 to 2009
Inventory of Violence Prevention Programmes (UNICEF);
Desk review of violence against children in the Caribbean region for the UN Secretary General’s Report (UNICEF);
Completion of 6-year follow-up of aggressive Jamaican youth;
Piloted a nutrition intervention study to reduce aggressive behaviour;
Survey of gangs in Antigua (OAS);
Survey of youth gangs in Jamaica (Ministry of National Security, World Bank);
Analysis of individual-level interventions to reduce crime and violence among Jamaican Youth –(World Bank).
Children and HIV – November 2006 to July 2008
The documentation of HIV Intervention Programmes for Children in Jamaica, and the development of a searchable database with GIS mapping. (IADB)
Assessment of psychosocial services for HIV infected and affected children.
Policy and Curriculum Development
Child Focus II Project – Executed from October 2001 to January 2005
Child Focus III Project: Strengthening ECD – August 2005 to March 2008
Production of three issues of the peer reviewed journal “Caribbean Childhoods”, in collaboration with UWI colleagues of the Children’s Issues Coalition and the Early Childhood Commission – Environmental Foundation of Jamaica and UNICEF
Website development - UNESCO
Coordination and development of the website for Caribbean Early Childhood. http://www.open.uwi.edu/caribecd/welcome
Publication of “The Link” newsletter; circulated throughout the Caribbean – UNESCO
Hosting of the IIN database comprising children and family literature, centres and programmes across the northern hemisphere.
Continued participation in local, regional and international groups for child rights and child development, e.g. Enhancement of Basic Schools, CARICOM ECD Working Group, Child Rights University Network, Consultative Group on ECE, Childwatch International.
Fully equipped library and resource centre.