Public Cooperation Division
The main thrust of this division is working with Civil Society Organisations for promotion of community consciousness, voluntary action and people's participation in programmes aimed at integrated development of the child and the mother. Accordingly its main concerns are promotion of child's right, care and rehabilitation of the children in difficult circumstances, project formulation and management of mother and child care programs, policies and legislation concerning children, community mobilization and action, networking with non-governmental organisations and their capacity building with the ultimate object of community empowerment.
The Division comprises of five units namely Social Action & Community Participation, Child Care, Management, Children of Weaker Sections and Social Policy Legislation.
Child Development Division
This division functions as a policy arm of the government in matters pertaining to the development/welfare of the child and the mother. The focus of this division is on maternal and child health, micro - nutrients, early childhood care and education, early detection and prevention of childhood disabilities, positive mental health in children and child care support services. The division comprises units related to Health, Nutrition, Pre-school Education and Psycho-social Development. This division provides a platform to debate and discuss important national and regional issues which form the basis of policy decisions by the Government of India.
It runs three Field Demonstration Services namely a Child Care Centre, a Child Guidance Clinic and Adolescent Guidance Services Centre.
Women's Development Division
The activities of this division are geared to complementing national policies and programmes for women's development through training, research, documentation, clearing house, management services at the policy making and macro level. It is currently active in gender sensitisation of the law enforcement machinery and national machinery, elected women members of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Women's empowerment.
Common Services Division
Supportive service to programme divisions at the Headquarters and the Regional Centres are provided by the Common Services Division. It is mainly concerned with financial, personnel management and housekeeping functions of Institute.
It also looks after coordination and monitoring of projects assisted by the Institute. The Division has a well-equipped Reprography and Publication Unit.
The Training Division is specifically entrusted with the responsibility of planning, coordinating and monitoring the training of ICDS manpower. Its responsibilities include building up of training infrastructure and capabilities of institutions engaged in the training of ICDS functionaries; curriculum development and its updation and preparation and procurement of training material including print and audio visual aids.
The Division is currently involved in revision of curriculum for ICDS functionaries and development of skill based thematic programme on new topics emerged from the strengthening & restructuring of ICDS in mission mode. The Central Monitoring Unit of ICDS has also been located in the Division.
Monitoring Evaluation Division
This Division is engaged in providing technical inputs in strengthening the system for monitoring of social components of ICDS and other programmes of child welfare and development. The Division is also responsible for bringing out status reports on the situation of the child in India and other statistical compilations on various facets of the life of children.
It conducts research and evaluation studies in collaboration with professional and technical institutions and organises courses on monitoring and evaluation as also Qualitative methods in Social Science research for the faculty members of the Universities across the country.