Improving The Quality Of Early Childhood Development in ICDS, Uttarakhand

Working with the government to create and provide innovative material to Anganwadis.

The Need

Anganwadis are the first learning centers that children go to. It is critical to ensure that these centers are able to support the holistic development of the child. This is a double challenge. Parents are unaware of the importance of early childhood education and ambivalent about sending their children to Anganwadis. Meanwhile, the Anganwadi educators lack resources and training to make early education engaging and effective.

The Intervention

This program, with the support of Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), and in paid partership with the government of Uttarakhand (GoUK), aimed to support the Anganwadis in Uttarakhand in delivering high-quality early learning experiences.

The program set out to:
1.Improve learning outcomes, specifically on children’s pre-literacy skills
2.Build capacities of Anganwadi Workers, using multimedia and digital tools
3.Increase community involvement in early childhood development

Our play-based material such as story books, Akshar Shabd cards, shape cut-outs and a Story Pond fuelled engaging and child-centric learning in the classrooms.

Ready For School

According to Bavli Vishwas, the Anganwadi Worker at an AWC in Rudrapur, Udham Singh Nagar, “Children started recognizing pictures of objects and alphabets and attained knowledge about hygiene habits. After the intervention, they started taking a bath before coming to the centre”.


6000 Anganwadi Centers (AWCs), across five districts of Uttarakhand-Dehradun, Haridwar, Uddham Singh Nagar, Tehri-Garhwal and Nainital.


The program reached 120,000 children and caregivers.


More than twice the improvement for children from the treatment group in story comprehension compared to a control group.

More than 1.5 times improvement for children from the treatment group in identifying pictures and understanding of shapes and special identifications as compared to children not receiving the intervention.


We’d love to keep you posted about all the exciting things that happen at the Workshop.


Make Your Impact

When you support Sesame Workshop India, you become part of a movement that wants to see every child thrive. Join us!

Your generous donation will be used in a manner that will alleviate the most pressing needs identified by Sesame Workshop India.