The policy provided the required framework for assigning priority to different needs of the child. The programme of the Integrated Child Development Services(ICDS) was launched in 1975 seeking to provide an integrated package of services in a convergent manner for the holistic development of the child.
It is an inter-sectoral programme which seeks to directly reach out to children, below six years, especially from vulnerable and remote areas and give them a head-start by providing an integrated programme of early childhood education, health and nutrition. No programme on Early Childhood Care and Education can succeed unless mothers are also brought within it ambit as it is in the lap of the mother that human beings learn the first lessons in life.
Objectives of ICDS:
Lay the foundation for proper psychological development of the child
Improve nutritional & health status of children 0-6 years
Reduce incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school drop-outs
Enhance the capability of the mother and family to look after the health, nutritional and development needs of the child
Achieve effective coordination of policy and implementation among various departments to promote child development