Launched on 2nd October, 1975, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme is one of the flagship programmes of the Government of India and represents one of the world’s largest and unique programmes for early childhood and maternal care.
Method: A cross sectional study was conducted in Raipurani block (Dist Panchkula) 478 women beneficiaries were interviewed using pretested questionnaires.
Result: In Raipurani block ICDS is well accepted as a welfare program by the community. Majority of beneficiaries were aware about and also were utilizing most of the six packages of services provided by ICDS. The most acceptable services were immunization and preschool education with awareness/satisfaction more than 90%.
Conclusion: Effectiveness of ICDS can be improved by increasing awareness about some of its services and especially by popularizing Health and nutrition education.