(CNS): The Department of Education will continue to fund the Early Childhood Assistance Program (ECAP) during the summer months for Caymanian preschoolers who were previously approved for the school year of September to June, the ministry said in a statement. The grant of up to $500 per month will help struggling parents through what is expected to be a very difficult time for many families in July and August.
“Through this initiative, we aim to provide working parents with the assurance that their children can have access to continued care during the summer months, especially with the escalating cost of living,” said the minister. of Education, Juliana O’Connor-Connolly. “We also hope to protect our young children from any child protection issues that may arise in the absence of proper care and supervision.”
The next ECAP funding period is currently open to Caymanian children who reach the age of three before September 1 this year and meet the means test specified in the application form. Eligible parents or guardians normally receive fee assistance of up to $500 per month to place children in early years centers between September and June 2023.
To apply for ECAP funding, download the application form or pick one up from the Government Administration Building, Department of Educational Services, or Cayman Islands Early Years Centers.
To request an application form or find out more about ECAP funding, call Darbra Bodden, Head of ECCE, at 244-3155 or email [email protected].