Year of Completion: 2016
In India, government-sponsored Anganwadi centres run a crèche service for children aged 0-6 in addition to health and nutritional programs. A child’s environment plays an integral role in their developmental process. Recognizing the need for the State to build spaces where the objectives of the Anganwadi could be met, CCF proposed and implemented a pilot project to generate an ideal Anganwadi.
With the patronage of governmental agencies and JSW Steel, this Child-Friendly Anganwadi prototype was built in South Goa. It provides a safe space that is well-ventilated, colorful, and includes all of the facilities young children need to play and learn securely. The dual scale of design prioritizes the needs of both children and caregivers: windows match the sightlines of all users, children have secure facilities indoors but yet have access to outdoor space, and caregivers may be inside with some children while easily being able to monitor those playing in the outside play area. The government may easily replicate this simple, low-cost model in other communities.