PILOT PROJECT ON ECCD AND PARENTING INTERVENTIONS – AN ACTION RESEARCH IN RURAL KARNATAKA
In partnership with Child Fund, India
Introduction: For over a decade, Child Fund India (CF) has been sharing knowledge, expertise, and best practices with its network of NGO partners to build sustainable community-based structures. While this has had an immense impact on the physical development of children, there was a felt need to introduce home-based intervention for children from 0-3 years as well as enhance holistic child development with a focus on psychosocial parameters, early identification of disability and the ‘safety and security’ of children.
In this context, Bala Mandir Research Foundation (BMRF) together with CF initiated a pilot ECCD parenting programme in 4 rural villages in Karnataka in collaboration with 3 CF NGO partners – Gram Vikas I (Mulbagal), Gram Vikas II (Bethamangala) and AKAY. The aim of the project was to create awareness on holistic parenting skills and the importance of early childhood care and development from the time of conception.