The Directorate of Integrated Child Development Services is primarily concerned with the implementation of schemes related to children in the age group of 0-6 years, adolescent girls as well as pregnant and lactating women. In addition to these initiatives, the Directorate is concerned with the relevant policies, legislations, budget, training requirements, monitoring, evaluation and supervision of programmes concerning early childhood care and nutrition programmes.
While the prime responsibility of the Directorate is the implementation of the flagship programme for Integrated Child Development Services Scheme, it is also responsible for implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls - SABLA, and the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana.
The Directorate of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) is headed by a Director, who is supported by a multi-tier staff structure comprising Joint Directors, Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors at the State level. At the District level, the District Programme Officer executes the programmes in coordination with the Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs) in charge of the ICDS projects at the block level. At the village level, there are the anganwadi workers, closely guided by Lady Supervisors who monitor clusters of Anganwadi Centres and report to the CDPOs.