The Centre is a founder member of the Forum for Creches and Child Care Services (FORCES) network. The core vision of FORCES is that every child has the right to early childhood care and development including crèches and childcare services and that it is the state’s responsibility to ensure such services for all children, especially those of women working in the unorganized and informal sector. Since April 2007 it is housed at CWDS. The present coordinator is Savitri Ray and convenor Vasanthi Raman.
Today FORCES is an All India network comprising 50 member organizations (Trade unions, women’s organizations, NGOs and academics, lawyers, medical doctors, etc), individual members and eleven regional networks with their own membership. Its activities include grassroots mobilization, campaigns, policy intervention and research.
The regional networks are actively engaged in advocating the rights of the young child through the convening organization and its members.
|Regional Network||Convener Organisations|
|Orissa||Committee for Legal Aid to Poor (CLAP)|
|Gujarat||Centre for Health Education Training and Nutrition Awareness (CHETNA)|
|Tamilnadu||Foundation for Rights of Young Child|
|Jharkhand||Chotanagpur Sanskritik Sangh (CSS)|
|Uttar Pradesh||Vigyan Foundation|
An initiative was taken in expanding the network in other states also. This exercise came into fore during the regional consultations in developing an advocacy document on the status of young child in India. Following partners have taken interest in the FORCES agenda and also initiated activities in the area of ECCD:
|Haryana||Adi Gram Samiti|
|Himachal Pradesh||Jan Abhiyan Sanstha|
|Madhya Pradesh||Mahila Chetna Manch|
|North East||Guwahati and Manipur|