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ECD Resources
by Various Organisation
  • Protection of Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic by The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 9 am NY | 2 PM Geneva 

  • COVID-19 & ECD by ECDAN 

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 08:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

  • DIGITAL ESPRESSO: Helping countries prepare for COVID-19 with data, analytics and digital solutions by The World Bank, hosted by the Data Science and Technology Innovation (DSTI) Community of Practice

Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 10:45 am Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-04:00)

  • Bracing for COVID-19: What Early Childhood Programs Need to Know and Consider Now by Early Childhood Investigations,Engagement Strategies, LLC.

March 20, 2020. The session has concluded, please watch the recording here: 

by WHO

Children may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting etc. Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention. 

Additional resources : 

1) Caring for Kids in times of crisis *NEW* - University of Wollongong Australia, Early Start

26 March 2020 

2) Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

3) Supporting and reassuring children around the world - this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. 

4) Mental Health and COVID-19

10 March 2020 – WHO is providing guidance to help people manage fear, stigma and discrimination during COVID-19. In the #AskWHO film below, expert Aiysha Malik answers public
questions about mental health and preventing stress during the outbreak. 

5) Briefing Note about MHPSS aspects of COVID-19 - Inter-Agency Standing Committee

4 March 2020 - With inputs from all its member organizations, the IASC MHPSS RG recently finalized a Briefing Note about MHPSS aspects of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This document summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak, such as appropriate MHPSS responses, overarching principles and globally recommended activities. 

by The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action developed this technical note for the protection of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this brief is to support child protection practitioners to better respond to the child protection risks during this pandemic. Part 1 presents the potential child protection risks COVID-19 can pose to children. 

For more resources on child protection, please visit: 

ECD Calendar
27 March 2020


Children and families around the world are experiencing unprecedented disruption to their lives. As nations around the world scramble to understand, contain, and respond to the rapidly growing pandemic and as parents and caregivers juggle multiple challenges to care for and safeguard their children, the global early childhood development (ECD) community is coordinating together rapidly to ensure that children’s health, development, and well-being are not overlooked. 

This webinar will bring together key global agencies including WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, LEGO Foundation, ARNEC and other partners, to: 

• Provide a briefing on resources and actions being mobilized by each agency in response to COVID-19

• Identify key supports being given to government systems to mobilize services for caregivers and their children

• Provide key messages and best practices for all parents and caregivers to ensure children’s health and well-being in disrupted social environments

• Provide key messages and best practices for all parents and caregivers to take care of their own physical and mental well-being 

• Q&A and panel discussion


03 March 2020 - 01 April 2020

Call for evidence : Early Childhood Workforce Initiative

The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative is currently identifying country case studies and literature to inform two landscape analyses on Continuous Quality Improvement and Working Conditions. By synthesizing literature on the policies, practices, challenges, and needs related to the early childhood workforce, these studies aim to strengthen the knowledge base on the existing status of the workforce, identify common challenges and experiences, and areas for improvement. 

What are we looking for?

In particular, we are looking for two types of information:

1. Academic/peer-reviewed literature, grey literature, and policy documents addressing workforce policies, challenges, and experiences related to either of these themes. 

2. Suggestions of countries to profile as case studies in the landscape analyses who are using innovative approaches to address challenges related to either of these themes.

If you have any sources or suggestions for additional evidence, please send them by March 20, 2020. 

You can access the full call here -

11 March 2020

Date: Wednesday March 11, 2020
Time: 09:00am - 10:30am (EST)
Duration: 90 minutes

On Friday, March 6th, WHO launched the "Improving Early Childhood Development: WHO Guidelines". New scientific evidence on the importance of early childhood development for future health and human capital necessitated the development of empirically-based guidelines. A new WHO guideline provides global, evidence-informed recommendations on improving early childhood development through interventions that support responsive caregiving and early learning.

In this webinar, the panelists will introduce the guidelines and discuss the relevance of the recommendations for national policymaking and engage in dialogue on how to facilitate the dissemination and uptake of the guideline in countries.

REGISTER for the webinar : 

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