The OECS Commission’s Education Development Management Unit (EDMU), with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), held a series of two-day consultations from January 15-16 in Antigua and Barbuda and January 18-19 in St Vincent and the Grenadines to discuss the integration – which will focus on service delivery, policies and planning and will serve as a base to support continued provision and coordination of high quality services.
Outcomes will include:
- Improved coordination, provision and arrangements of ECD services;
- Appropriate ECD policies, standards, management practices & programmes;
- Improved quality and access to ECD services;
- Improved teacher quality and professional development at the ECD level;
- Early identification of children at-risk; and
- Holistic responses to children and family’s needs.
The EDMU plans to continue engaging stakeholders across the sub region to leverage support for an integrated approach – a shift from operating in silos, or standalone services, to a multi sectoral model of service delivery within the ECD sector.
Similar consultations are scheduled to take place in Dominica in May 2018.