Do Good Jamaica > Organizations > Women > Women’s Centre Of Jamaica Foundation

Women’s Centre Of Jamaica Foundation

The Women's Centre Programme for Adolescent Mothers was established in 1978 with one Centre at 42 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10, in response to the high level of teenage pregnancy experienced by the country. The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) objective is to motivate young mothers to choose education instead of continuous motherhood. WCJF’s Programme for Adolescent Mothers encourages the continued education of pregnant or lactating girls under the age of 17 years.

Contact Information

Address: 42 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10, Jamaica, West Indies
Phone: (876) 929-7608, 929-0977
Fax: (876) 960-7551
Open: Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - School; Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Office; Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Contact: Executive Director
Phone: (876) 926-5768
Fax: (876) 960-7551

The  goals are for teen mothers to return to school after the birth of their babies, to delay a second pregnancy until their professional goals are achieved, and to raise the employment potential of young mothers so that they have a viable alternative to depending on men for support.

  1. To continue the academic education of young mothers, 17 years and under. To return them to the normal school system and to provide any necessary support services after their return to school.

  2. To provide intensive counselling on an individual and group basis in Family Life Planning.

  3. To educate the young mother, her baby father and parents of their responsibilities as parents ensuring that correct child care standards are maintained.

  4. To provide support, referral services and/or training to young men and women who have already dropped out of the formal school system.

  5. To provide skill training for young mothers who cannot return to school.

  6. To provide Outreach services to adolescent mothers who are not able to reach a main Centre.

  7. To intervene so as to delay early unwanted pregnancies amongst young women in Jamaica.

  8. To provide a sanctuary where teenagers can air their problems in a non-judgmental, confidential environment.

  9. A decrease in the percentage of birth to teenage mothers due to in-depth counselling at first pregnancy and to the 'ripple effect' created by positive peer counselling by the young mothers in their communities.

Has to be currently attending school, pregnant, or had a baby as long as the mother is 17 years or under.

Registration fee of $3500 per school year.

  1. Make the contact through health center, community;

  2. Must come with her parents or guardians to do initial counseling;

  3. Who will  assist her to take care of the baby;

  4. Who will support her while she attends school; 

  5. Takes her last full report;

  6. Birth Certificate;

  7. Contraceptive Consent Form to be signed by the parents or guardian;

  8. At least one passport size photograph; and 

  9. Each student must be placed on a method of contraception before being returned to school.

The program now includes 7 main Centers and 6 Outreach Stations island wide, which offer the following services:

  1. Educational Programming - Academic and skills training are geared towards strengthening participants’ capabilities and preparing them academically for return to the formal school system. For girls who were pregnant in the last year of high school, the program provides tutoring to prepare them for their final examinations. The Kingston Women’s Centre is an official "Examination Center," so girls can take their exams at the Centre in order to receive their diploma. Additionally, Centers provide skills training that help young women become employable; courses include sewing and embroidery, and chicken or fish farming, vegetable growing in rural areas.

  2. Nutritional Education and Support - While participants and their parents receive information to foster good nutritional habits, participants are also provided with a daily cooked lunch; breakfast is also supplied to the very needy.

  3. Day Nursery - Each Center operates a nursery where the babies of teen mothers are cared for while mothers attend educational programs. Breastfeeding is facilitated and good parenting habits in both young mothers and young fathers are encouraged. Nurseries have been expanded to care for babies of working mothers who require affordable day care.

  4. Counseling and Referral Services - Extensive individual and group counseling are available to girls in order to build self-respect, explore emotional problems and increase understanding of sexual and reproductive health and family planning. Additionally, special counseling, parenting and referral programs are in place for the young "baby fathers" and the parents of teen mothers and teen fathers.

The Foundation offers the following services through its main Centres and Outreach Stations:

  1. Continuing education for teen mothers 17 years and under.

  2. Counselling for "baby fathers," their parents and parents of teen mothers.

  3. Skills training for males and females in the 17-25 age group.

  4. Confidential counseling services for children, adolescent, and young adults; and Group Peer Counselling sessions at the Kingston Centre Counselling Clinic.

  5. Day Care facilities for (i) babies of teen mothers and (ii) babies of working mothers.

  6. "Walk-in" Counselling services for women and men of all ages.

  7. The Programme for Adolescent Mothers provides academic classes for pregnant school-age girls, in the core subject areas of Mathematics, English Language, Integrated Science, and Social Studies. These classes are augmented by group and individual counselling with emphasis on self-development and a practical skill area. The young women are encouraged to delay subsequent pregnancies until they have achieved their professional or vocational goals.