Launched on 2nd October 1975, today, ICDS Scheme represents one of the world’s largest and most unique programmes for early childhood development. ICDS is the foremost symbol of India’s commitment to her children - India’s response to the challenge of providing pre-school education on one hand and breaking the vicious cycle of malnutrition, morbidity, reduced learning capacity and mortality, on the other.
1. Objectives: The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme was launched in 1975 with the following objectives:
• 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
2. Services: The above objectives are sought to be achieved through a package of services comprising:
• supplementary nutrition • immunization • health check-up • referral services • pre-school non-formal education • nutrition & health education