ECD and Humanitarian Crisis resources (ECDAN) (English)

Various resources, guidance, articles and statistics addressing Early Childhood Development in times of crisis. The thematic page provides key information for those supporting children in humanitarian contextsor for those who want to.

UNICEF Vision for Every Child

The UNICEF Vision for Early Childhood Development focuses on the period from birth up to primary school entry, with emphasis on the first 1,000 days, because it is scientifically proven that this is the most sensitive period for children’s physical growth and brain development. Policies, programmes and parenting practices that improve child survival, growth and development and reduce the financial strain on health, education, and child protection systems.

Improving Early Childhood Development

This guideline provides global evidence-informed recommendations on improving ECD. The key recommendations include that children should be provided with responsive caregiving, that early learning should be promoted, caregiving and nutrition interventions should be integrated, and maternal mental health should be supported.

Parenting for Lifelong Health programme for Young Children: Facilitator Manual

“The Parenting for Lifelong Health Programme for Young Children is a group-based parenting programme for families with children ages 2 to 9. It has been designed specifically for vulnerable families facing challenges with their children’s behaviour with the goal of promoting positive parenting to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect in low-income communities.
It is supported by the Parent Handbook.”

Mphatlalatsane (Early Morning Star): Book-Sharing Programme for Younger Children

“The book-sharing component of the Mphatlalatsane programme makes use of group presentations and one-on-one assistance from a trained facilitator to provide caregivers with the skills to practice quality book-sharing with their infants or toddlers. Quality book-sharing between a caregiver and young child may be especially effective as a means of promoting infant cognitive and language development.
For caregivers of children (1) aged 12-30 months
(2) aged 31-60 months”

Mphatlalatsane (Early Morning Star) Facilitator’s manual (2 of 3) 12 to 30 months

The book-sharing component of the Mphatlalatsane programme makes use of group presentations and one-on-one assistance from a trained facilitator to provide caregivers with the skills to practice quality book-sharing with their infants or toddlers. Quality book-sharing between a caregiver and young child may be especially effective as a means of promoting infant cognitive and language development.
For caregivers of children (1) aged 12-30 months
(2) aged 31-60 months

Mphatlalatsane (Early Morning Star) Health and Nutrition Programme

“The book-sharing component of the Mphatlalatsane programme makes use of group presentations and one-on-one assistance from a trained facilitator to provide caregivers with the skills to practice quality book-sharing with their infants or toddlers. Quality book-sharing between a caregiver and young child may be especially effective as a means of promoting infant cognitive and language development.
For caregivers of children (1) aged 12-30 months
(2) aged 31-60 months”

The Status of Parents and Caregivers During Crises in Six Arab Countries: The Case of COVID-19 Pandemic Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco

This first strategic research model that aims at studying aspects of the early childhood situation in emergencies and crises in Arab countries. This research takes the Corona pandemic as a model for the situation of parents and caregivers during the multi-dimensional crises experienced by the Arab countries. The results of the research will be promoted in the participating countries and at the regional level. Eventually, it would contribute to the dissemination of knowledge related to the early childhood field and constitute a communication tool with relevant entities including ministries, associations, donors, and decision-makers. It also aims at developing new policies that meet the regional ECD needs.