May 20 – 24, 2024


Jamaica Conference Centre 14-20 Port Royal St., Kingston

Or Join us online using your data-enabled device to join the tracks that will be live streamed 

About the PDI

The Professional Development Institute will bring together for five days local, regional and international exchange of research ideas and experiences that shape Early Childhood Development today.  Each day will offer plenary sessions, and workshops with practical demonstrations. Participants will be offered over 30 unique workshops that span the areas of ECD Global Perspectives, Parenting, Early Learning and Care, Inclusion, STREAM, Irie Classroom Toolbox and Irie Homes, Arts, Leadership/Advocacy, Training Modules for Board Chairmen and Climate Change.  The workshops and sessions offered will be relevant and engaging and will facilitate several hundreds per session. The Professional Development Institute is another highly anticipated 5-day event that will be officially opened on the first day.

PDI Schedule

This year’s PDI will be astronomical! Filled with superb learning opportunities, including interactive concurrent workshops and plenary sessions facilitated by experts in the field of Early Childhood Development. The aim of PDI 2024 is to raise awareness to the rights of the early childhood child in keeping with national and international regulations. The conference should stand to inform parents, practitioners and partners about the rights of the child as under the Article 28 of the UNCRC, General Assembly Resolution 65/197 in so keeping with the achievement of Goal 1 of Vision 2030 “world-class education and training”. The specific objectives of the PDI 2024 are as follows:

  • Recognize the goal of Vision 2030 in making Jamaica ‘the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business through the recognition of children rights and its extension to children in early childhood.
  • equip professionals with the knowledge and skills to be successful in their roles within the sector and ensuring that they have a clear understanding of the concept of right to education.
  • Inform all stakeholders involved in the care and development of children of the tools needed to support a child’s individual growth and developmental needs.
  • Provide training and development opportunities to practitioners that align with the ECC and global agendas of preparing our children for the 21st Century.
  • Present national, regional and international information that is current and relevant to shaping the early childhood sector.
  • Filling the gaps in technological knowledge and skills identified using the STREAM approach in the learning environment to utilize the developments of the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

Useful Resources

"We are committed to Jamaica's ECD sector"

Leo Gilling - Chairman, JDTAN

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Nimrod Barshad
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