The Bala Mandir Research foundation - Chennai, an NGO, extended its work to Karnataka in 2002. It primarily works in the area of parenting and early childhood. The key focus areas of BMRF-KN include:

  • Care during pregnancy
  • Nutrition and hygiene
  • Early intervention
  • Brain development in young children
  • Importance of family environment in early years
  • Stimulation and learning through play

For training, BMRF has a specially designed calendar on effective parenting skills. They have trained 12 NGOs in Bangalore on the ‘Joys of Parenting’, a programme for parents of children under six years. BMRF is also a member of the Network for Information on Parenting, and advocates for child rights. In the future, BMRF plans to reach out to a wider range of people, which would include kindergarten school teachers, anganwadi workers, pregnant women and mothers in hospitals, parents in rural areas, and youth in community.

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