SECDA supports the centres that form St. Maarten’s future

SECDA supports the centres that form St. Maarten’s future

By Foresee Foundation

St. Maarten Early Childhood Development Association (SECDA) has approximately 25 day-care centres catering to 400-500 children. Some of the centres offer after-school guidance for children ages of 4-11.

Both Hurricane Irma and COVID-19 heavily affected the day-care centres. The loss of income by these organizations that are dependent on the monthly fees paid by parents creates a financial burden on these foundations. Despite these circumstances, it is of great importance that the children receive the best care possible.

SECDA is the umbrella organization of St. Maarten’s independent day-care centres and was formally founded in 2014, although in existence before then. The association receives partial government funding and supports day-care centres through the organization of workshops and training sessions for the board, management and staff.

At the launch of SECDA, then Minster of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Silveria Jacobs, attended the official opening and commended SECDA and its board for providing teachers with training opportunities, stating that a proper foundation in the early years makes a difference in a child’s life throughout adulthood.

What does your organization do and who is your target group?

We are an umbrella organization for preschools (some with attached after-schools) on St. Maarten. We also organize training for staff members of the centres. Our target group includes 0- to 4-year-old students, 4- to 12-year-old afterschool students, parents and staff of the centres.

How does your organization contribute to a better St. Maarten for all?

By ensuring that staff members are equipped with knowledge of safety and education for the students in their care; providing opportunity for collaboration; ensuring that together we can provide a great foundation for every child who attends one of the centres; creating equal opportunity for each child to thrive no matter their status in life.

Give examples of activities you host or have hosted to achieve your goals?

Courses on CPR & First Aid and Hygiene, Food Handlers Training, Disaster Management Training, Summer Camp Activities, R4CR [Resources for Community Resilience- ed.] Food Project, Child Abuse Workshop, Team Building Activities for Teachers & Staff, Teacher's Appreciation Activities.

What is your message to the community?

A great early childhood education is the foundation every child needs to become a great contributing individual to society.

How can someone sign up to volunteer or support your organization?

Our office is located in the Rupert Maynard Community Center, St. Peters Rd., St. Maarten. Call us at 548-5730 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..