What do we know (so far) about remote delivery of early childhood development (ECD) programs in settings affected by crisis and conflict? A conversation between research and practice.
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the global ECD community to test ways to remotely reach children on a new scale, creating an environment in which new evidence is constantly generated. This webinar, hosted by ECDAN, facilitated an engaging conversation between panelists, hosts, and audience participants, including about 150 people from more than 20 countries. Speakers engaged in the LEGO Foundation-funded Play to Learn Project offered a variety of perspectives on this growing body of evidence from displaced communities in Bangladesh, Lebanon, and Peru.
Early Childhood Development Standards Review
One major obstacle to providing quality integrated Early Childhood Services in Humanitarian Contexts (ECDiE for ECD in emergencies) is the limited operational guidance focused on implementing early childhood programs and services that is integrated to the humanitarian response system.
To fill this gap, this review analyzes existing humanitarian standards to assess the extent to which early childhood interventions and the needs of infants, young children, and caregivers are included.
The Humanitarian Collaborative team conducted this review for partners at the Moving Minds Alliance, a consortium of funders and organizational leaders in the field of early childhood education and development. This review is part of a broader strategy to identify gaps, develop solutions and advocate and secure more adequate funding and resources for ECDiE.
Assessment of Programs for Early Childhood Development in Crisis Contexts
The Humanitarian Collaborative team is working with the INEE ECD Task Team to conduct a study to better understand the global landscape of current Early Childhood Development programming in humanitarian settings, as well as the needs of practitioners in the field to improve program implementation and quality. This information will inform future priorities to strengthen and expand early childhood programming in humanitarian settings.
United Nations Global Refugee Forum
The Humanitarian Collaborative team contributed to the United Nations Global Framework for Refugee Education, the guiding document that UN member states will use to set policy, allocate funding, and track progress over the next four years. The team was invited to the first ever Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, Switzerland and presented the IRC PhotoVoice Project at the Forums’ Marketplace of Good Practices.