Chairperson of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) Trisha Williams-Singh says the commission will certify 100 more basic schools over the next 12-months.

State Minister for Education, Floyd Green is commending the ECC on the certifications.

However, Minister Green is reiterating Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ message that more needs to be done.

He says the Government is committed to ensuring that Jamaica’s more that 2500 early childhood institutions are certified.

Minister Green says practitioners, teachers, the community and private sector workers must also unite to make the early-childhood sector world leading.

The additional 100 schools will bring the number of certified early childhood institutions to 117.

There are 2,798 early-childhood institutions in operation. More than 2,500 have applied for certification.

The ECC held its first certification fair last Friday.

The fair, which is the first in the ECC’s series, are aimed at engaging early-childhood teachers, practitioners, and parents in interactive sessions about the requisite certification standards.