Being one of the flagship programme of India, ICDS department is concentrating for early childhood care and development. The commitment of the department to its children and nursing mothers, as a response to the challenge of providing pre-school non-formal education on one hand and breaking the vicious cycle of malnutrition, morbidity, reduced learning capacity and mortability of the other. The beneficiaries are children in the age group of 0-6 years, pregnant women and lactating mothers etc. The objectives of the schemes are: a) to improve the nutritional and health status of children in the lactating mothers etc. The objectives of the schemes are: a) to improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age group of 0-6 years/ b)to lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child/c)to reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school dropouts/d)to achieve effective co-ordination of policy and implementation amongst the various departments to promote child development; and to enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child through proper nutrition and health education.