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ERIC Number: EJ784106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Mobile Creches: Pioneering Early Childhood Care and Development in India
Young Children, v62 n6 p18-21 Nov 2007
Mobile Creche ("creche" means "day nursery") was founded on one woman's determination to change life for India's most vulnerable children. Within its first decade, Mobile Creches' network of child care centers spread from construction sites to urban slums and from the capital city of Delhi to the commercial and cultural centers of Mumbai and Pune. Funding for this expansion came from individual donations, funding agencies, and some support from construction contractors. As a result of lobbying by Mobile Creches, a program called Creches for Working and Ailing Mothers was started in 1970. What sets Mobile Creches apart from other organizations working with children in India is their dual focus on the young child and the migrant child--the most vulnerable and invisible. "Mobile" links them to the migrant; their construction site centers are temporary and run during the time of construction. "Creche" binds them to the young child from infancy through age six, although at construction sites they work with children up to 12 years of age. Since 1969, Mobile Creches has cared for at least 650,000 children, trained over 5,000 child care workers, and run more than 500 mobile child care centers. There are also five permanent centers in urban areas. Funds are very limited. The organization spends less than $13 a month per child to provide meals, health care, and parenting support in its centers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India