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Respecting the rights of the Indian child
Childcare centres, play and learning centres, health centres, meeting places for women and mothers Indias Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) is a holistic early childhood and development programme that addresses the interrelated needs of children, adolescent girls and women from disadvantaged communities. Begun in 1975 and now one of the worlds largest networks of integrated family and community services, ICDS reaches out to 4.8 million expectant and nursing mothers and 22.9 million children under six years of age.
Source: Chart adapted from Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Department of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, p.17.
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