Early Childhood Development

    Early Childhood Development refers to that period in an individual’s life from zero to eight years during which the foundation for life is set.  It is within these early years that character, confidence, values and resilience to name a few are formed. 

    The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development through the Office for Early Childhood Education and guided by Statutory Rules and Regulations (S.R.O) No. 39 of 2003, is charged with the responsibility of regulating all                     Early Childhood Development facilities, both daycares and preschools, on the island.  There is also a Council on Early Childhood Education a multidisciplinary team with its terms of Reference in Statutory Rules and Regulations (S.R.O) No. 14 of 2005, which advises the Minister on matters relating to Early Childhood Development (ECD).

    In its quest to get it right from the start, the Government of Dominica undertook the initiative to implement Universal Access to Early Childhood Development beginning in 2012.  This was expected to be rolled out through a phased approach, beginning with children of preschool age.  Under this initiative, already existing private preschools were accommodated in the primary schools where there is available space with a view to providing learning environments that are developmentally appropriate.  Also under this initiative, five new community preschools were also opened in communities where there were no preschools.  They are the Belles, Campbell, Pichelin, Roseau, and Trafalgar Preschools which are also housed in the government primary schools.

    Every term, the Ministry of Education provides a subvention ranging from $1500.00 to $2500.00 to each registered ECD facility on the island.  To date there are 15 daycares and 68 preschools that are registered with the Ministry of Education.  These ECD facilities provide early stimulation to our nation’s children.  The daycares cater to the needs of children from three months to three years, while the preschool attends to children from three to five, before they enter primary school.  Following is a list of the ECD facilities that are registered with the Ministry.


    PRESCHOOLS

    NORTHERN DISTRICT (PORTSMOUTH)

    Preschool

    Address

    Proprietor/Principal

    Bense  Community

    Bense

    Cecile Joseph

    Cottage Faith

    Cottage

    Sylvestia Ettienne

    Dublanc/Bioche

    Dublanc

    Ursula Peter

    Emerald

    Thibaud

    Catherine Timothy Francois

    God’s Family Academy

    Zicack, Portsmouth

    Marie Therese Ferrol

    Gospel Light

    Portsmouth

    Sharon Yarde

    Paix Bouche Social Centre

    Paix Bouche

    Shanna Felicite  Seaman

    Penville Social Centre

    Penville

    Ernestine Francis

    Portsmouth Social Centre

    Portsmouth

    Sonia Mitchell

    Sunflower

    Portsmouth

    Martha Mc Lawrence

    Testimonial

    Paix Bouche

    Edmund George/Rose Remy

    Vieille Case Pre-K

    Vieille Case

    Jean Marie Royer

    NORTHERN DISTRICT (MARIGOT)

    Preschool

    Address

    Proprietor/Principal

    Destiny

    Marigot

    Helen Roselyn Charles Prescott

    Marigot Methodist

    Marigot

    Rev. Evans Dodds/Gayle Rolle

    Wesley Community

    Wesley

    June Joseph

    Woodford Hill Social Centre

    Woodford Hill

    Stelline Benjamine

    Word Revival

    Wesley

    Miranda Debra J.Honore

    CASTLE BRUCE DISTRICT

    Preschool

    Address

    Proprietor/Principal

    Belles Pre-K

    Belles

    Vyline Christopher

    Castle Bruce Pre - K

    Castle Bruce

    Jovin Joseph

    Good Hope

    Good Hope

    Georgina Laurent

    Isulukati

    Crayfish River     

    Connie Williams

    Mahaut River

    Mahaut River               

    Malister Jno Baptiste

    Petite Soufriere

    Petite Soufriere

    Cylma Prosper

    Pilgrim Community

    Castle Bruce

    Avril Alexander

    Sineku

    Sineku

    Clara Frederick

    LA PLAINE DISTRICT

    Preschool

    Address

    Proprietor/Principal

    Delices Pre-K

    Delices

    Priscilla Darroux

    Grand Fond Social Ctr

    Grand Fond

    Jannice De Jean

    Jones Beaupierre Pre-K

    La Plaine

    Martha Stephenson

    Morne Riviere Pre-K

    Morne Jaune

    Verna Frederick

    St JOSEPH DISTRICT

    Preschool

    Address

    Proprietor/Principal

    Colihaut Pre-K

    Colihaut

    Jane George

    Coulibistrie

    Coulibistrie

    Marilyn Isaac

    Kelleb John Laurent Pre-K

    St. Joseph

    Francis Jno. Lewis

    Salisbury

    Salisbury

    Darnie Vidal

    ROSEAU CENTRAL DISTRICT

    Preschool

    Address

    Proprietor/Principal

    B.Js

    Kings Lane

    Cornelia Mahandra Grove

    Bright Beginning  Centre

    10 Upper Lane

    Joycelyne Graham-Laronde

    Little Gems

    PSU Building, Valley Rd

    Maydina Defoe

    Roseau Pre-K

    Bath Estate

    Greta Roberts

    Sacred Heart

    37 Virgin Lane

    Linda Vigilante Joseph

    Shalom

    50 Field’s Lane

    Tricia Henry

    Social Centre Model

    14 Turkey Lane

    Norma Cyrille/Sheron Samuel

    The S.P.I.C.E.S Centre

    64 B Cork Street

    Constance Norris

    ROSEAU NORTH DISTRICT

    Preschool

    Address

    Proprietor/Principal

    Campbell Pre-K

    Campbell

    June Maxwell

    Canefield Social Centre

    1st Street, Canefield

    Norma Cyrille/ Delia Winston

    Christian Union Church

    1 Rose Street, Goodwill

    Joan Paul

    Fond Cole

    Fond Cole

    Malisha Common

    Mahaut Preschool

    Mahaut

    Josette Jno. Baptiste

    Massacre Preschool

    Massacre

    Daphney Lafond

    Oasis

    Cnr of Charles Ave & Watty’s Lane

    Elizabeth Dailey/ Cynthia barber

    St. Alphonsus Church

    Goodwill

    Fr. Eustace Thomas/ Jasmine Christmas

    T. C. Sunbeam

    28 Benjamin’s Lane, Goodwill

    Patsy Emmanuel

    Yam Piece Community

    Yam Piece

    Andra Nanthan

    ROSEAU SOUTH DISTRICT

    Preschool

    Address

    Proprietor/Principal

    Beau Bois

    Beau Bois,Castle  Comfort

    Doreen John

    Blossom

    Eggleston

    Cyrillia Xavier

    Charlotte Nursery

    Newtown

    Glenda Bertrand

    Happy Day

    Loubiere

    Una Lewis

    Jinja (Social Centre)

    Newtown

    Rose Caprice

    Morne Prosper

    Morne Prosper

    Angela Deschamps

    Seedlings

    Soufriere

    Irmin Alfred

    St. Luke’s Pre-K

    Pointe Michel

    Sr. Annita Peter 

    Trafalgar Pre-K

    Trafalgar

    Ms Doreen Pharoah Watt

    Wotten Waven Pre-K

    Wotten Waven

    Pastora Mills

    GRAND BAY DISTRICT

    Preschool

    Address

    Proprietor/Principal

    Bagatelle Pre-K

    Bagatelle

    Angela Gregoire

    Grand Bay Pre-K

    Grand Bay

    Evans James

    Le Chelle

    Grand Bay

    Chris Patrick

    Petite Savanne

    Petite Savanne

    Oliver Samuel

    Pichelin Pre-K

    Pichelin

    Marilyn Leatham

    S.W.O.R.D

    Grand Bay

    Patricia Noel

    Tete Start

    Tete Morne

    Welbourne Hector/ Vilma Abraham-Jules

     

    DAYCARES

    Day Care

    Address

    Proprietor/Administrator

    Belle’s Day & Night

    Stockfarm

    Isabella Robinson

    CALLS

    Portsmouth

    Olivia Douglas

    D’s

    Apt 2 Bath Estate

    Debra Grell

    Dominica Save the Children Fund

    Mahaut

    Doreen Francis

    Early Child Development Centre

    31 Hillsborough Street

    Virginia Cuffy

    Early Child Development Centre

    Canefield

    Virginia Cuffy

    Future Generation for Christ

    Halifax St., Portsmouth

    Brenda Walter

    Hibiscus

    Citronier

    Cheryl Dangleben

    Laura’s Day & Night Nurse

    7 Terrel Lane, Goodwill

    Laura George

    Lisa’s Kiddies Land

    Turkey Lane

    Lisa Grell

    Lissia”s

    Chance, Portsmouth

    Lissia Walter

    Mother’s Love

    61 Field’s Lane

    Theresa De Jean

    Sally’s

    17 Victoria Street

    Agnes Le Blanc

    Shining Stars

    Lower  Morne Daniel

    Reber Hamlet

    St. Ann’s Day Nursery

    Turkey Lane

    Norma Cyrille/ Judith Dover