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Objectives and Activities

Objective 1

To promote professional and institutional development for quality improvement in ECD


i.          Improve the quality of research on which ECD programmes are built, so that, an evidence- based approach is developed.

ii.         Pre-service programmes of high quality, i.e., the Centre will engage in producing a small number of highly motivated professionals who
            have sound grounding on theory and practice of ECD.

iii.        Provide short and medium term thematic courses, for working professional who wish to augment their understanding and skills in ECD.
           These courses could be on a number of themes, including ECD research, facilitation, program design, implementation, advocacy etc.
           Participants for these programs will be identified from government departments (for instance, the Integrated Child Development Services
           or health Department), NGOs/INGOs working on ECD, focusing on marginalized children.

iv.        Provide fellowships to create an enabling environment for persons who will champion the cause of ECD. Like in the case of short and medium
           term courses, those who are already working o ECD issues, for disadvantaged children will be chosen as potential fellows for fixed period of
           time during which they will be supported by the Centre to develop skills, and understanding and the wherewithal required to advocate Young
           children’s development.

v.         Link with the existing institutions (both within and outside the government structure) and National and International Universities/ bodies working
            on ECD.

vi.        Based on research facilitate and support, the development of professional norms, standard and capacity balding modules and materials for
            quality ECD.  

vii.       Based on research facilitate and support, the development of contextual norms, standard and capacity balding modules and materials for
            quality ECD with respect to pre-service and in-service preparation.

viii.      Develop and promote a system of regulation for child development programs, and a system of Certification for Child Development workers
           and professionals, in order to improve the quality and results of ECD  services in India.

ix.        Designing and incubating an action research on “Public financed crèche impact on child care”. This will build an evidence and public
           discourse around crèches being a fundamental child right, women’s right and human right. It will also address the issues of the abysmally
           low participation of women in the workforce. It cane germane to very iconic campaign/ public discourse.

x.        To create pedagogy/ curriculum framework of the public policy like universal social protection, household food security and child poverty
           in its holistic form so that ECCD conversation is not limited to home economics and individual households behaviors.

xi.        Provide interns to Save the Children annually as mutually agreed.

xii.       Provide research opportunities to Save the Children employees who are interested to undertake research as per the guidelines so the
           Centre or as mutually agreed by the both the parties.

Objective 2:

To influence ECD policy through research and advocacy for promoting holistic development of young children.

i.         Undertake, facilitate and/or commission studies on traditional care giving practices and how they work in different contexts, and feed this
           corpus of knowledge in to the development of norms, standards, materials and capacity building initiative.

ii.        Undertake, facilitate and/or commission longitudinal studies on ECD to demonstrate impact of ECD on different developmental outcomes
           including social readiness and achievements.

iii.       Undertake, facilitate and/or commission studies to understand the impact of demographic changes on ECD in different context e.g. disaster
           and large scale migration and their sociological and psychological impact on young children’s development.

iv.       Undertake, facilitate and/or commission documentary and evaluative studies to map lessons learnt and explore how these can be used in
           different situations.

v.        Develop protocols foe ECD that maps aspects like coverage, extent of private sector initiative etc.

vi.       Develop appropriate communication and dissemination methods (short briefs, publication, pamphlets etc) to enable policy makers,
           researchers, program managers and field level functionaries, communities and families to access, contribute towards and utilize this
           intellectual capital.

vii.       In addition to activities outlined above, use events and methods like workshop and seminars among other for sharing and learning for
           a cross section of people involved in ECD, including different ministries that involved in young children’s development.

viii.      Initiate and facilitate policy and sector reform dialogue with policy makers, practitioners and others to develop a coherent national
           policy for the young marginalized child.

ix.       Additionally, the Center should work on achieving the following objectives:

(a)      To reach the poorest and most disadvantaged children on a non-discriminatory basis, i.e, irrespective of caste, creed, religion and race

(b)      To become a technical resource support centre for Save the Children (Bal Raksha Bharat) and Ministry of Women and Child Development,
           GOI and other state governments in particular, and others ministries  that are related/concerned with the  development of the young child.

(c)      To develop the Centre into National Resource Centre for India.

(d)     To ensure  a professional/ academic degree for early childhood education and set the standards for this vital area of work

(e)     To develop its own plan for sustaining activities over the long run

(f)      To have Ph.D. and M.Phil students enroll for ECD research and develop into change agents

(g)     Over a period of time develop and sustain the following programs to be offered to students involved in the study and research of ECD at
          the Centre

  •       Certificate/diploma courses in face to face and distance mode
  •       Masters in Child Development
  •       Ph.D. in ECD

(h)    Initiate lab area activities including experimental extension activities to develop new/validate innovative ECD models.