February 4, 2013
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JAMPACT Welcomes You to Our First
General Body Meeting of 2013


When: Wednesday February 13, 2013

  Time: 6:30pm-7pm (Networking); 7pm Meeting

Where: Ruder Finn  

   301 E. 57th Street, 3rd floor

(2nd Avenue)

Directions:  Take 4, 5, 6, N or R to 59th Street

                 Take E or V to 53rd Street   


RSVP is mandatory to gain access to the conference room. Photo ID must be presented at 3rd Floor reception area.


RSVP: membership@jampact.org

Did You Know That Early Childhood Education in Jamaica is Not Free?

The government of Jamaica initiated its support of the development of early childhood education in 1942. Although the government provides partial subsidies to develop or upkeep these educational institutions, financing is the primary responsibility of the school, sponsoring board and the parents whose children attend. Basic, infant and or pre-schools, as they are commonly referred to, are privately operated or community based early childhood facilities, that educate and care for children ages two through six. 


Basic Schools, which are community based schools, receive partial subsidies for teacher salaries; however, the money generated from the payment of tuition is used to maintain operations and utility costs. The lunch program is a separate required cost for these families, some with already limited financial resources. Therefore, shortages in tuition payment negatively impact the schools ability to sustain itself. 

Help the students of JAMPACT by sponsoring their education. For only 40 USD a term or 120 USD a year, you can sponsor-a-child's tuition at one of our adopted basic schools, located in inner city Kingston. 


Email education@jampact.org for more information. 


Do You Remember Your First Early
Childhood Education Experience?
In the United States, during the month of February, we honor African American men and women who have contributed to the development of this country and the world through their talents and or innovations. 


JAMPACT wants to pay tribute to the pioneers of early childhood education in Jamaica; beginning with the community members who took on the grassroots efforts of  establishing basic schools within churches or their homes in response to 1) the then government's ideology that early education was the responsibility of the parent and if not the parent, the community and 2) the  increase in the employment of women in factories resulting in the need for out-of- home care. We will also honor the institutions we have all attended and lastly, feature those documented in Jamaica's historical texts, as pioneers of early
childhood education.

We would like for you to share  your first early education experience with us in commemoration of these leaders
 and educational intitutions.

Email your personal experience to communications@jampact.org


Greetings From Our Educators 


Maxfield Park Basic School teacher Ms. Pringle, sends her New Year's greeting and thanks for Christmas cards and gifts received.

Dr. Jacqueline Matthis, Professor at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development sends assurance of her safety.
Dr. Matthis is in Instanbul for a month at
Bahcesehir University.
"Istanbul is a safe, cosmopolitan city... And it has been a very warm and welcoming city for me. And it turns out that a lot of my former students are Turkish...Many of 
whom live in Istanbul. One of the great things about being here is that I have gotten a chance to renew my 

connections with them or to establish connections

with their families."  

Make The Pledge

Maxfield Park Basic School is an educational institution whose student population consists primarily of orphans. We want to provide these children with an improved learning environment to ensure their success. Take advantage of this opportunity to pledge your support. 

Click here for more information on JAMPACT'S initiative to rebuild Maxfield Park Basic School, the community it serves and to DONATE.

Thank you in advance.

JAMPACT Calendar

Feb 13, 2013 - General Body Meeting

Feb 28, 2013 - Winter Mixer  
Negril Village

April 25, 2013 - Spring Mixer & Raffle Drawing- Negril Village

May 2013 - The Annual School Supply Drive Launch

May 15, 2013 - General Body Meeting 
 Jun 29, 2013 - C.H.I.C. Gala 


JAMPACT needs your passion, enthusiasm, talent, skills and anything you want to give to make a difference! Visit here for a listing of volunteer needs.   
If you're interested in serving on one of our committees email




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Maxfield Park Basic School                                                          St. Stevens Basic School 

Cole's Basic School                                                                      Crescent Road Basic School

Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT) is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to use our collective energy, intelligence and resources to influence and improve socio-economic conditions, which affect Jamaica and the Jamaican Diaspora by (i) developing social welfare programs, with particular focus on educational initiatives targeting youth (ii) facilitate research, stimulate constructive dialogue and raise public awareness on topical issues; and (iii) provide opportunities and resources to grow and strengthen the network of young professionals, students and friends of Jamaica.