On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. COVID-19 has spread to every corner of the world, with national borders closed; travel bans; quarantines; physical distancing; health and education systems overwhelmed; childcare, preschools, and schools closed; and the global economy nearly at a standstill.  Young children and families are experiencing unprecedented challenges and disruptions to their lives with children at great risk of not reaching their full potential. 

Now, more than ever, parents and caregivers have a pivotal role to play in protecting their children from stress and promoting their development, health, and well-being.

Now, more than ever, communities, governments and organizations must work together to ensure parents and caregivers get the support they need for themselves and their children.

Now, more than ever, children need nurturing care.

Several organizations are compiling and updating resource lists with relevant evidence, guidance, tools, and practical examples to ensure nurturing care for all children and supports to parents and caregivers remains a priority.

Early-childhood focused resources for parents, educators, administrators, child protection workers, health practitioners, and policymakers
Early Childhood Development Action Network

A compendium of resources that brings together the latest evidence-based information on women, children and adolescent health in the context of COVID-19
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

A knowledge hub with updates, guidance, articles, and opinion pieces on the links between COVID-19 and nutrition, hunger, health and food systems
Scaling up Nutrition

Information, updates and interviews with experts on issues related to women, children and adolescent health
Every Woman Every Child

Links to COVID-19 resources and support for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. Includes guidance on pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal care, breastfeeding, and care for young children
World Health Organisation

Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding
World Health Organization

FAQS: Breastfeeding and COVID-19 for health care workers
World Health Organization

Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when COVID-19 is suspected
World Health Organization

Infant and young child feeding recommendations when COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed
USAID Advancing Nutrition

15 ways to support young children and their families in the COVID-19 response
World Bank Group

Guiding principles for immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic
World Health Organization

Policy brief: The impact of COVID-19 on children
United Nations

Family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19: Key steps employers can take

Recommendations for the management of maternal and child malnutrition prevention and treatment in the context of COVID-19
World Food Programme

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak
World Health Organisation

Key tips and discussion points for community workers, volunteers and community networks

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guide for parents

Technical note: Protection of children during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

Protection of children during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Children and alternative care
Better Care Network, The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

Promoting healthy movement behaviours among children during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Lancet, Child and Adolescent Health


21 leaders’ call for action to protect children from violence and abuse during COVID-19
End Violence Against Children

A joint statement on early childhood development and COVID-19
Early Childhood Development Action Network and partners

COVID-19 and early childhood development, high bandwidth, low bandwidth (audio only), PowerPoint presentations: WHO, UNICEF, Lego Foundation
– Early Childhood Action Development Network

COVID-19 and child protection, high bandwidth, low bandwidth
– Early Childhood Action Development Network 

COVID-19 and maternal and child health, 26 March 2020, high bandwidth
– Every Woman Every Child

Responses to COVID-19 in Latin-America (Spanish language), high bandwidth
– Early Childhood Action Development Network 

We are seeking practical examples of how you are advancing nurturing care in your communities, organizations, and governments. Tell us your story. Write to: NurturingCare@who.int.

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Twitter accounts to follow and retweet from:

Coronavirus – COVID-19: social media toolkit

End Violence Against Children
Parenting in the time of COVID-19
Parenting for Lifelong Health
COVID-19 parenting- Public service announcements
Parenting for Lifelong Health

The twelve COVID-19 parenting tips posters are available in 50+ languages here: http://covid19parenting.com/