NPSC launches special helplines initiative for parents

 The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), an agency of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Victoria Mutual Foundation (VMBS Foundation) and Fight for Peace has launched thirty-six (36) helplines to offer much needed psychosocial care to parents across Jamaica.

 The helplines, which became operational Monday, April 6, have been established, two (2) per parish, with the exception of Kingston, St. James, St. Ann, St. Catherine and Clarendon, which have been given additional helplines. These parishes have recorded a higher numbers of COVID 19 cases. In the case of Clarendon, sections of that parish remain under quarantine.

 This initiative was launched against the background of the NPSC’s implementation of the National Parenting Support Policy aimed at ensuring continuous parental involvement throughout the education sector. This is being done through a comprehensive suite of coordinated support and public-private partnerships.

 With the closure of schools, many parents had cited challenges in helping out in home schooling. Other parents initially reported concerns about providing food for their children who are a part of the Government of Jamaica’s social protection programmes where they are provided breakfast and lunch at school. The Education Ministry has since arranged for meals to be delivered to students on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) and going forward for cash payments to made available to parents.

Persons operating the helplines will help guide callers to where and how they may get additional help and what they can do as individuals.

The list of parish lines is attached.

NUMBERS

PARISH

SERVICE PROVIDER

876-560-9314

Westmoreland

Digicel

876-788-5568

Westmoreland

Flow

 

 

 

876-788-5371

Hanover

Flow

876-560-9630

Hanover

Digicel

 

 

 

876-560-9395

St. James

Digicel

876-788-5214

St. James

Flow

876-560-9336

St. James

Digicel

876-788-5276

St. James

Flow

 

 

 

876-560-9736

Trelawny

Digicel

876-788-5382

Trelawny

Flow

 

 

 

876-560-9399

St. Ann

Digicel

876-788-5468

St. Ann

Flow

876-788-5606

St. Ann

Flow

876-560-9634

St. Ann

Digicel

 

 

 

876-788-5196

St. Mary

Flow

876-560-9604

.St. Mary

Digicel

 

 

 

876-560-9215

Portland

Digicel

876-788-5323

Portland

Flow

 

 

 

876-560-9269

St. Thomas

Digicel

876-788-5409

St. Thomas

Flow

 

 

 

876-560-9425

St. Andrew

Digicel

876-788-5417

St. Andrew

Flow

 

 

 

876-560-9656

Kingston

Digicel

876-788-5460

Kingston

Flow

876-560-9758

Kingston

Digicel

876-788-5329

Kingston

Flow

 

 

 

876-560-9289

St. Catherine

Digicel

876-788-5378

St. Catherine

Flow

876-560-9564

St. Catherine

Digicel

 

 

 

876-560-9209

Clarendon

Digicel

876-788-5201

Clarendon

Flow

876-560-9503

Clarendon

Digicel

 

 

 

876-560-9176

Manchester

Digicel

876-788-5427

Manchester

Flow

 

 

 

876-788-5172

St. Elizabeth

Flow

876-560-9302

St. Elizabeth

Digicel