The Caenwood Resource Centre and Day Care Centre is one of 11 facilities across the island whose physical plant has been expanded and upgraded with financing from the CHASE Fund, in order to strengthen their support programmes for practitioners in the field and parents.
A hub for early childhood care and development programmes, teacher training and capacity building initiatives for parents and caregivers, the multi-disciplinary Centre in Kingston, serves some 128 schools, some from as far away as Port Royal and Bull Bay, in the eastern end of the city. It also caters to children and parents from the neighbouring community of Allman Town, as well as employees of the Ministry of Education. And, its programmes have included skills training in the areas of garment construction, computer technology and floral arrangement, through which several parents have gained employment.
The renovated complex at Caenwood now accommodates training and meeting rooms; offices; a library; kitchen and support areas, as well as a specially designed playground, which the Centre Manager says offer a more appropriate teaching, care and learning environment.