Himachal Pradesh Set to Launch Early Childhood Care and Education Tutor Scheme

The Himachal Pradesh government is poised to launch the ‘Himachal Pradesh Early Childhood Care and Education Tutor Scheme’, aimed at fostering the development of children aged 3 to 6 years. This initiative aligns with the recommendations of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which emphasizes comprehensive early childhood education.

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu announced the scheme, stating that 6,297 pre-primary sections in primary schools across the state currently serve approximately 60,000 children. Additionally, 2,377 anganwadis are co-located with these primary schools to support early childhood care and education.

“In alignment with the National Education Policy, 2020, which recommends comprehensive Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), the Education department would soon implement a combination of all four ECCE models in the State,” said the Chief Minister. These models include standalone anganwadis and anganwadis co-located with primary schools, pre-primary schools for children aged 5 to 6 years co-located with existing primary schools, and standalone pre-primary schools.

To implement this scheme, the Himachal Pradesh government plans to engage Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) tutors for all 6,297 schools, adhering to the norms set by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). “This initiative highlights the State government’s commitment to providing quality early childhood education and ensuring the holistic development and nurturing of young minds in Himachal,” Mr. Sukhu said.

The Chief Minister emphasized that the State government is dedicated to improving educational accessibility by providing quality education closer to students' homes. He noted that the government is also introducing various innovative schemes in the education sector, including the recruitment of teachers across different categories.

In addition to the ECCE Tutor Scheme, Mr. Sukhu announced the establishment of Rajiv Gandhi Day Boarding Schools in every Assembly constituency. These initiatives reflect the State’s broader commitment to enhancing the educational infrastructure and ensuring comprehensive educational development for its youngest residents.