SEWA has been active in a campaign for child care and early childhood education for over a decade now. In fact, when the National Commission for Self-Employed Women and informal Sector Workers' brought out its report, ''Shramshakti''in 1988, child care as a right of working women clearly emerged as a key recommendation. To press for this demand, FORCES, a national - level forum or network for creches and early childhood education was formed. SEWA was a founder - member of this forum.
In 1998, SEWA was one of the founders of FORCES' Gujarat branch - the Gujarat Shishu Sangh - and continues to serve as its Secretariat.
Shishu Sangh organised two state-level meetings in 1999 which were attended by the Honourable Minsters of Health
and Education of Gujarat State, government officials and 50 grassroot level organisations involved in child care. Three major avenues for action emerged :
Developing a state-level creche fund to strengthen and enhance child care in Gujarat for 0 to 6 year olds.
Decentralisation of all child care programmes in the state by delegation of full responsibility, including decision-making and resources, to local people's organisations and NGOs.
Constituting a state - level committee to monitor all child - related programmes with Gujarat Shishu Sangh's representation on this committee.