Research priorities for early childhood development in the context of COVID-19

Results from an international survey • January 2022 •

The global response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed daily life in many ways for children, families, and care providers. There has been a sharp increase in research worldwide on COVID-19 and its impacts on children’s development and wellbeing.

In a recent research roundup , the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) identified more than 400 publicly available, peer-reviewed COVID-19 studies related to early child development (ECD) and nurturing care in low- and middleincome countries.

To support the ECD community to identify and focus on shared research priorities in the context of COVID-19. ECDAN conducted an international survey to identify pressing research priorities, with a specific focus on low- and middle-income countries. The results are presented in this report.

The Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) will launch a COVID-19 and ECD Research Hub in January 2022 to consolidate original research on the pandemic’s impacts on young children and families in low- and middle-income countries. The digital repository will enable quick and easy access, a one-stop-shop, to COVID-19 research. All studies from this research brief will be available in the upcoming respository.

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Click here for a copy of "COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development in Low- and Middle-income Countries. A Research Roundup • December 2021"

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Year of publication : 2022

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