A balwadi is an early learning day care center for children between the ages of three and five.
Balwadis provide a safe environment for young children whose parents work. The children have opportunities to learn and they are also provided with a nutritious meal.
The children who attend our balwadis live in the slum communities in one room house that are typically 10sq/ft in size, and have very limited access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The children are first generation learners from families whose average income ranges from Rs500 – Rs5000 per month.
Save the Children India is involved with 150 balwadis that are located in Mumbai Municipal schools or community centers, mostly in north Mumbai.
In 2010, the balwadis reached out to approximately 3800 children.
Save the Children India is now using a detailed impact assessment tool to measure the growth and development of the balwadi children.