The Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) serves as “an intermediary resource programme [to] bring people and resources together to enhanceEarly Childhood Development capacity and knowledge in the sub-region”
. The initiative bridges the financial and technical resources of the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) in The Hague with those of the Caribbean, with particular interest in strengthening the care environment for young chil-dren and their parents and other caregivers.During 2004 CCSI engaged various partners and research agencies withinthe Caribbean region to identify needs for research on childrearing and so-cialization to inform effective interventions with parents. As part of this dia-logue, CCSI commissioned a review of the literature
from within and about the region
to see what researchers had addressed in relation to thefollowing questions:
What is it that parents in the region
to raise their children?
learning in their family environments?
can interventions be informed by the
children and parentshave, their coping strategies and their environmental adjustments andresilience as well as by what they are
The preliminary literature review prepared by Sian Williams and Janet Brown was considered at a meeting of Caribbean researchers in Jamaica in Decem-ber 2005. The researchers confirmed what the literature review identified:
research on childrearing and socialisation in the Caribbean is thin;
the bulk of the research found has been done in Jamaica;
research which has documented what parents
in their child-rearing practices and what
inform these practices does notappear to exist.
A second review was commissioned by Jaipaul Roopnarine to more specifi-cally examine and compare child-rearing practices within different sub-cultures in the Caribbean.