Many of the world’s school systems struggle to monitor student learning even in the best of times. As face-to-face learning assessments ceased because of pandemic-related lockdowns, school systems were left in the dark about the impact of school-closures and distance education on student learning and the development of gaps. Absent hard data on learning, school systems are … [Read more...] about Can you assess early childhood development remotely? Distance assessment of preschoolers
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 early childhood development cluster of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is working to protect the youngest children in the region. Find out how. … [Read more...] about The High Cost of COVID-19 for Children
Evidence-based science has shown the importance of parental programs to promote early child development like the Reach Up program from Jamaica. Even though the studies have demonstrated relevant effect sizes in overall childhood development, we still need to understand how to transfer and scale up those interventions across countries, especially now with the current pandemic, … [Read more...] about Four Steps to Adapt a Child Development Program in Times of COVID-19
We all stand together during these difficult times. Some live in countries in the middle of the pandemic, others live in countries where the pandemic may be in an earlier stage. Hopefully, preparedness and response systems are well underway. … [Read more...] about All Together: Responding to the Crisis