• It was launched recently by Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD).
    • MoWCD had set up a 22-member high level task force on ECCE chaired by former IAS officer Sanjay Kaul.
  • The scheme will focus on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)e. first six years of child’s life at anganwadis across the country.

Important highlights:

  • The National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) has been roped in for the training of Anganwadi workers
  • It targets children’s development in every domain mentioned in the National Curriculum Framework, like physical and motor development, cognitive development
  • It will focus on promoting holistic and quality early stimulation and pre-primary education for children.
  • Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
    • It refers to providing care including health and nutrition as well as early learning opportunities to all young children.
    • EECE is a crucial component of Mission Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0 (Mission Poshan 2.0) and it was foreseen under the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020.

Other info

  • Anganwadi centers in India are established under Integrated Child Development scheme (1975).
  • Almost 39 million operational Anganwadi centers across the country are providing supplementary nutrition and early care and education to more than 8 crore children under the age of 6 years.
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