The COVID-19 pandemic has generated an unprecedented disruption to family routines. Parents and caregivers around the world face uncertainty, overwhelming stress, and wonder what the consequences will be for young children. This situation has multiple negative effects on the development of children under five years of age, including higher levels of stress and less access … [Read more...] about Four benefits of play to enhance child development
Family and Children
Against a backdrop of almost 13 million cases of COVID-19, an urgent global priority must be the mental health of children, who make up 42% of our world’s population. Children have witnessed the devastating rates of infection and death, restrictions on their day to day life, and preoccupation of their parents and communities about the implications of the pandemic. So … [Read more...] about Protecting the Mental Health of Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic (and beyond). Communication is Key.
The demand for child care in low in middle-income countries has been growing over the last few years. Fueled by the increasing number of working women and migration from rural areas to urban centers, the drumbeat for child care support around the world has grown. The recent pandemic has raised new and complicated pressures on a child care system that was already under-resourced … [Read more...] about Emergency Child Care: Issues to Consider
The Jamaican Home Visiting intervention strengthens parents’ abilities to use responsive interactions and play to help their children develop well. The intervention has substantial benefits to children’s development and is the first early childhood stimulation program in low and middle-income countries to show long term benefits of play for adult education, income, and … [Read more...] about Playful learning for families: the Jamaican home visiting model going to scale…in Jamaica!
This question has been on our minds as we analyze the effects of a recent home visit program implemented by the Nicaraguan government (results forthcoming, stay tuned!). The Nicaraguan intervention, like most home visit programs, targets children’s first and arguably most important teachers: their parents. The curriculum aims to strengthen parents’ knowledge of early childhood … [Read more...] about Can we really change parenting behavior?