COVID-19 and early childhood development in low- and middle-income countries: A research roundup
This research round up describes the nature and scope of 411 peer-reviewed, publicly available scientific research studies published during January 2020 and October 2021 (an average of 30 articles per month) related to early childhood development (ECD). The authors summarize who the studies have been conducted with; where the studies have been conducted; how they have been conducted in terms of research design; and priority research topics addressed so far. Nearly 85% of the included COVID-19 studies address themes of maternal and child health or nutrition. In contrast, 9% of the studies focus on themes of early learning or responsive caregiving. Lastly, 7% of the COVID-19 studies focus primarily on children’s safety and security.
Forthcoming: The Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) will launch a COVID-19 and ECD Research Hub 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.

Related links:
Research priorities for early childhood development in the context of COVID-19: Results from an international survey (ECDAN/Saving Brains)
Organization: Early Childhood Development Action Network; Saving Brains
Year: 2021
Language: English
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