Khushi: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
Khushi

Khushi: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

Khushi: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) is the largest initiative of Government of India with a mandate of providing holistic services to young children for Pre-School Education, Health and immunization at the level of Anganwadi Centers (AWC). The period of Early Childhood represents the most significant and demanding stage in the developmental continuum of an individual. The first 6 years of a child’s life are globally acknowledged to be the most critical years with the pace of development being extremely rapid. Taking forward the experience of working in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bihar and Chhatisgarh, the intervention is in action in Bhilwara in Rajasthan.

CARE’s thrust is that school readiness and the basic growth and development needs (i.e. cognitive, socio-emotional, physical and language) of the most vulnerable, marginalized children in the 0-6 years’ age group are met. The project focuses on system strengthening by building capacities of government functionaries and caregivers and creating feedback and support supervision systems. The role of the community is well recognized in addressing the needs of a child. Thus, community awareness and sensitization on the issues is quite imperative. CARE visions a systematic functional pre-school system that can be availed by children belonging to all backgrounds, especially Dalits and Adivasis. Thus, advocating for policy development models with government bodies and converging technical institutions to contribute to the vision is part of the program at large.

Rajasthan