Child Care Facility
The Windsor Child Care Facility, established in 1977, is located two
kilometers from the eastern side of St. Ann's Bay, St. Ann. The facility
is operated by the Government of Jamaica and has the capacity to house
60 females, ages 12 to 18 years.
The current population
at Windsor Child Care Facility is thirty-three (33):
- Nineteen (19)
residents attend public school
- Fourteen (14)
residents attend school on site:
- Seven (7)
receive remedial classes in preparation for re-entry into public
- Seven (7)
girls await placement in public schools for September 2009
- Social worker
employed to the facility.
- New classroom
block and dormitory built.
- Hard court
to facilitate three sporting activities (netball, volleyball and
- Range of residential
programmes in place to address the physical, spiritual and mental
health of the children, along with their educational needs.
- Windsor Child
Care Facility is surrounded by a squatter community and the existing
perimeter fence is constantly being breached by young men in the
community. Conclusions from security consultants are that while
the existing the chain link fence is inadequate, a high boundary
wall (concrete) would not be appropriate for this type of facility.
Instead, the CDA has been advised to pursue electronic surveillance
as the best option.
- The administrative
block is in a dilapidated state and poses a threat to the safety
of employees and clients.
- The road leading
to the facility is in a deplorable state.
The Child Development
Agency is working with the Member of Parliament and the relevant authorities
and agencies to address the above stated areas.
- The CDA continues
to employ community outreach, as a means of engaging citizens and
is working very closely with the police to ensure the safety and
security of the children.
- Security guards
are employed to the facility
the Ministry of Housing continues its efforts to regularize the
- The project
to rehabilitate the administrative block will cost an estimated
$J6M. This, however, has not been provided for in Capital A. Therefore,
funding is being sought externally.
- The CDA is
now seeking to identify funding for the construction of a perimeter
fence, which is estimated to cost over J$9M.
surveillance is being explored as a possible security measure for
the facility. This comes at a cost of approximately J$3M.
wishes of Windsor Child Care Facility include:
- To expand and
improve our capacity for training in the three skills areas currently
being offered - food preparation, garment construction and cosmetology.
- To establish
a modern and adequately equipped computer room.
- To acquire
a bus for transporting the children.
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