The Core Committee constituted for preparing the draft National Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Policy had representatives from State Governments among others who participated in the process of policy formulation and its crystallization.
The Committee also held four regional consultations in which representatives of State Women and Child Development Departments, Education Departments, Health Departments also participated. The draft National ECCE Policy was circulated amongst the concerned Ministries, State Governments/UT Administrations and other stakeholders on 13-03-2012 for feedback and it was also uploaded on the Ministry’s website.
A National Consultation for finalization of the draft National ECCE Policy was held on 29-10-2012 in which Women and Child Development and Education Secretaries from various States were participated/ invited.
As per Census 2011, India is home to 158.7 million children under six years of age who will be impacted by the National ECCE Policy.
The Policy has been notified in the Gazette on 12-10-2013 and becomes effective. As per Policy, various elements have timelines as well as States/UTs will be responsible for rolling out of State/UT ECCE Policies and Action plans in three years.
This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.