Technical Support to Chhattisgarh Government Agencies for Forthcoming Project in Caregiver Education for Home-based Holistic Child Care and Related Community-based Advocacy in Rajnandgaon Block.

This project will start in January 2012. Its goal is to enhance the quality of home-based child care in Rajnandgaon Block in Chhattisgarh, by educating parents and other caregivers of children in the birth to 3 years age group. Towards this, the following objectives will shape the project activities:

  • To improve the knowledge and care behaviours of caregivers through a contextualised home-based education programme and community-based advocacy activities for responsive parenting.
  • To enable functionaries at various levels within the government agencies in carrying out effective, comprehensive interventions towards the above objective.
  • To develop strategies and provide various communication materials for the education of caregivers and for community awareness about holistic child care and responsive parenting.

The Chhattisgarh State Literacy Mission Authority, which is the nodal agency for this programme will implement the proposed project in partnership with the Department of Women and Child Development and the Department of Health. The three agencies are interested in a phased approach to improve the quality of child care in Chhattisgarh. The Rajnandgaon Block has been selected as the pilot-site for the first phase, with a view towards wider diffusion in the subsequent phases. CLR will provide comprehensive technical support in terms of the project design, strategy, accompanying materials and training.