The following is a press release from the Ministry of Education:
The Ministry of Education (MOE) announces the extension of Early Childhood Assistance Programme (ECAP) funding for children previously approved for the 1 September 2021 to 30 June 2022 period.
The extension will see funding being paid for the summer months of July and August.
“Through this initiative, we aim to give working parents the assurance that their children can have access to continuous care during the summer months- especially with the escalating cost of living,” remarked Minister for Education, Hon Juliana O’Connor-Connolly.
Minister O’Connor-Connolly continued, “We also hope to safeguard our young children against any child protection concerns that may occur in the absence of proper child-care and supervision.”
The next ECAP funding period is currently open to Caymanian children who turn three years old before 1 September 2022 and meet the means testing requirements specified on the application form.
Through the programme, eligible parents/guardians receive assistance with the payment of fees of up to $500.00 per month to early childhood centres from September 2022 to June 2023.
To apply for ECAP funding, download the application form from https://www.gov.ky/publication-detail/ecap-application-document or collect an application form from the Government Administration Building, the Department of Education Services or early childhood centres across the Cayman Islands.
To request an application form or learn more about the ECAP Funding, please contact ECCE Officer Darbra Bodden by telephone at 244-3155 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.