Early childhood is acknowledged as the most crucial period in a person’s life. It is a period of high physical and mental development and a time when foundations are laid for cumulative lifelong learning. There is growing scientific evidence that the development of the brain in the early years is a pathway that effects physical and mental health, learning and behaviour throughout the life cycle.
The Integrated Child Development Services scheme by the government of India aims to provide underprivileged children aged between 3 and 6 years with the necessary preparation for primary schooling. An important by-product of the ICDS scheme is that it engages young children, enabling their older siblings to attend school and contributing towards the continuation of their education as well. However, while ICDS programmes have had positive social and health impacts, they are lagging behind in educational attainment. Another key area which is ignored by the government is that the services are not accessible to many children including those from migrant communities working in construction and brick kiln sites.
Aide et Action’s strategies and approaches on ECCE take a holistic view of children’s development. This includes physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial development. Aide et Action’s ECCE programme focuses on integrating early childhood education with the Right to Education Act to ensure a smooth transition into formal schooling.
Our ECCE programmes are impacting 6602 Children, 565 Adolescent girls and 938 pregnant women and lactating mothers
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