Manning Child Care Facility


Located on a hill, Manning Child Care Facility resides in the quiet farming district of Southfield in the 'basket parish' of St. Elizabeth. Formerly a sugar estate owned by the late Sir John Manning, the lands were subdivided, and a 26 acre potion earmarked for the establishment of a home for children in need of care and protection.

Originally, Manning Child Care facility was privately operated, but was handed over to the Jamaican government in 1958. The home, was operated by the Parish council until it was taken over by the Child Development Agency.

Originally housing boys and girls, the facility, licensed to accommodate sixty (60) is now a home exclusively for boys between the ages of 10 to 18 years old. The facility comprises dormitories, classrooms, a computer lab, library, a playfield and a recreational hall.


While at Manning, boys are exposed to a variety of educational, vocational and social activities geared toward their rehabilitation and empowerment. They attend various educational institutions in the district and other surrounding areas. In the upcoming school year, boys will attend classes on the facility's campus where they will be prepared for the GSAT and CXC examinations. At Manning, they are actively engaged in pursuits such as:

  • Tailoring
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Computer technology
  • Agriculture
  • Counselling
  • Sports - external and internal competition
  • 4H
  • Scouting

Manning's mission is to create a stable supportive and nurturing environment to boys who have experience trauma in their lives, by providing intervention and rehabilitation that will ultimately build resilience and aid in their resocialization.


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