ICDS Scheme

ICDS Scheme

  • Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) is a government welfare program that provides food, preschool education, and primary healthcare to children under 6 years of age and their mothers.
  • The scheme was started in 1975 and aims at the holistic development of children and the empowerment of mothers. It is a Centrally-Sponsored scheme. The scheme primarily runs through the Anganwadi center. The scheme is under the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

ICDS Objectives:

The chief objectives of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme are as follows:

  • To improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age group 0-6 years;
  • To lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical, and social development of the child;
  • To reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition, and school dropout;
  • To achieve effective co-ordination of policy and implementation amongst the various departments to promote child development; and
  • To enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child through proper nutrition and health education.

ICDS Provisions and Services:

Integrated Child Development Services is Centrally-Sponsored and will provide the following six services to the beneficiaries:

  1. Supplementary Nutrition (SNP)
  2. Health & Nutrition Check-Up
  3. Immunization
  4. Non-Formal Education for Children in Pre-School
  5. Health and Nutrition Education
  6. Referral services

These services are provided by Anganwadi centers established mainly in rural areas and staffed with frontline workers.

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