Parent place for Mount Salem by end of March

Saturday, February 17, 2018

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THE community of Mount Salem in St James — the first to be named a zone of special operations — will have a parent place by the end of March.

According to chief executive officer of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), Kaysia Kerr, the agency is procuring equipment for the facility which will facilitate the development of parenting skills for persons in the area and be an outlet for them to get crucial support.

“(It) will offer psychosocial support, literacy intervention, skills building, and ongoing parent education,” Kerr told JIS News.

She said ineffective parenting has been identified as one of the reasons for much of the anti-social challenges in many communities, and that seminars planned for this weekend should provide meaningful responses from relevant professionals.

The events form part of the NPSC's annual support for parents whose children will be sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test this year.

“We are going to have a cadre of persons — psychologists and others — who will interpret data so that we can respond on spot to what we are seeing,” Kerr said.

The first seminar was scheduled to take place yesterday at Holiday Inn Hotel in Montego Bay, followed by the second today at Hopewell Primary and Junior High School in Hanover at 3:00 pm, and the third at Mount Salem Primary and Junior High School in St James tomorrow, beginning at 3:00 pm.

“The interventions are very important because, as parents, we can always improve our skill sets,” Kerr said.

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