Universal access to Early Childhood Care, Nutrition and health

Adequate nutrition is critical for normal brain development in the early years, and early detection and intervention for disabilities can give children the best chances for healthy development. Prevention of infection, disease and injury prior to school enrolment are also critical to the early development of a quality learner. Physically and psychosocially healthy children learn well. Healthy development in early childhood, especially during the first three years of life, plays an important role in providing the basis for a healthy life and a successful formal school experience.

The ICDS program lead by Anganwadi Centers (AWC) is key to ensure universal Early Childhood care and education (ECCE). SPAN continuously inform young and pregnant mothers through several orientations and information dissemination using IECs suiting local culture etc. on ECCE. Community Resource Persons will be trained intensely about the functioning of ICDS, how women could play a game changing role in ascertain the nutrition, food security, their increased engagement in sustainable agriculture and their increased productivity.

Along with this SPAN conduct regular research and study on the budget and fund flows of ICDS as well as it's ground level implementation particularly in the time of pandemic when AWCs are closed.

The team SPAN also planning to run Crèches in the construction site and office areas of the city of Kolkata to support the children of unorganized workers.