The two months E.C.C.D. programme envisages Cities to ensure that all children from from the pre-natal period to six years of age will have access to a holistic early childhood.
The scope of the E.C.C.D. Intervention Strategy: This strategy has been prepared in consideration of Articles 3, 6 and 18 of the UNCRC and is designed to
Enhance the quality, accessibility and equitable distribution of services for children during the early childhood.
Increased access to services, enhancing quality of services and ensuring services are equitably distributed.
Recognize the parents and family members as the primary caregivers and healthcare providers and empower and support them to ensure their roles for early childhood brain development.
Support and strengthen the community-based monitoring mechanism of early childhood development services.
Focus of the Intervention strategy will be on
Audit of policy, services and infrastructure
Quality Child Care: Identifying gaps in accessing the I.C.D.S. services in the urban set up & forwarding demands of recommendation to appropriate authorities.
Parental Education: Informative sessions with mothers will be undertaken to reinforce the importance of the role of parents in raising healthy children and importance of E.C.C.D. for survival, growth and development of child.
Refreshing the knowledge of I.C.D.S. Service Providers: Refresher Sessions on pre.school education and early childhood brain development with Anganwadi workers & helpers.
Community Vigilance & Involvement: Involving Community and Eliciting Community Participation in monitoring the services available and reached to the target groups & Awareness Generation about importance of I.C.D.S. Centers, Govt schemes & benefits for children from 0 to 6 years.
Setting up of Model I.C.D.S centers showcasing the ideal infrastructure & environment required for holistic development of a child.
Making Stakeholders Responsible & Accountable : Interface with I.C.D.S. functionaries such as C.D.P.Os/A.C.D.P.Os, D.W.O., D.S.W.O. and others
Engage with policy makers and academicians in respective cities