Children First ia 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
Contact PersonExecutive Director
Opening HoursMonday - Friday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 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 development.
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:
Basic Skills Training
School/Homework Assistance Programme
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.")
Other Useful Information
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.