Address: 9 Monk Street, Spanish Town, St. Catherine
Telephone: (876) 984-0367
Fax: (876) 984-2839
Web Site:

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

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:

  1. Remedial Education

  2. Basic Skills Training

  3. Counseling

  4. School/Homework Assistance Programme

  5. Recreational/Sporting Activities

  6. Life/Survival Skills Training

  7. Environmental Awareness and Management

  8. Career Guidance and Skills Upgrade Referral

  9. Youth Advocacy Training

  10. Child Rights Education ("The rights of the child.")

Executive Director
Monday - 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.

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.

Children First
Civil Society