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Govt notifies Early Childhood Care and Education policy

Government has reaffirmed its commitment to promote early childhood care and education by formulating and notifying National Early Childhood Care and Education policy.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi August 10, 2016 Last Updated at 16:13 IST

 

Government has notified the national 'Early Childhood Care and Education' (ECCE) policy which aims to achieve holistic development of children below six years of age, including those from the Muslim community, Lok Sabhawas informed on Wednesday.

"The government has reaffirmed its commitment to promote early childhood care and education by formulating and notifying National Early Childhood Care and Education policy," the Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) said.

"The vision of the national ECCE policy is to achieve holistic development and active learning capacity of all children below 6 years of age by promoting free, universal, inclusive, equitable, joyful and contexualised opportunities for laying foundation and attaining full potential," he said.

The ECCE is one of the six free services provided through Anganwadi centres located across the country under the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) scheme of Ministry of Women and Child Development.

The ICDS is a universal self-selecting scheme available to all the beneficiaries who enroll at the Anganwadi centres irrespective of caste and religion, Naqvi said.

The ICDS scheme is has been universalised to cover 14 lakh habitations and about 3.50 crore children (aged between three and six years) are attending pre-school education at 13.50 lakh Anganwadi centres as on March 31, 2016.


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