To work with street and potential street children to improve their
life chance enabling them to make positive contributions to society.
Children First is a newly transformed independent non-governmental
agency. The original project began in 1989 with the support of Save
the Children Fund (UK), with 50 street children. Children First
presently serves approximately 620 children aged 3 - 18 years. It
is the largest of its kind in Jamaica. The focus of the project is to
work with and for children using the child participation technique,
empowering them to become actively involved in decision making.
The project operates five days per week from 8:30 am. - 4:30 p.m.
The first three days account for remedial education and basic skills
training. While the fourth day caters to recreational and group activities.
The fifth day is reserved for home and school visits and also staff
Children First received the Press Association of Jamaica
award for Excellent Contribution to Community Development and to Street Children
in Particular on November 22, 1998. The project presently caters to the
needs of children through the provision of education, training and life
skills support mechanisms that are essential for the health and welfare
of our youth. These include:
A young girl receives assistance with schoolwork in a helpful,
- Remedial Education
- Basic Skills Training
- School/Homework Assistance Programme
- Recreational/Sporting Activities
- Life/Survival Skills Training
- Environmental Awareness and Management
- Career Guidance and Skills Upgrade Referral
- Youth Advocacy Training
- Child Rights Education ("The rights of the child.")
9 Monk Street, Spanish Town
Tel: (876) 984-0367; Fax: (876) 984-2839
Activities offered through UAP2