The word Anganwadi means "courtyard shelter" in Indian languages. They were started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition.
Maharashtra houses 108005 Anganwadi / Mini Anganwadi Centres. With more than 550+ ICDS projects being operational, the work force comprising of over 4000 supervisors and around 2 Lakh Anganwadi Workers / helpers and Mini-Anganwadi Workers drive the entire ICDS machinery starting from grass root level.
Anganwadis are the focal point for implementation of all the health, nutrition and early learning initiatives under ICDS.
Below table provide the details of beneficiaries and service details.
|1||Expectant & Nursing Mothers, adolescent girls 11 to 18 years.||
|2||Other Women 15 to 45 years||
|3||Children Below 1 year of age||
|4||Children between 1 & 3 years of age||
|5||Children between 3 & 6 years of age||