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.

East Asia and the Pacific: young children and the pandemic
This report summarizes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children younger than 5 years and looks at how UNICEF country offices found solutions to ensure continued attention to nurturing care.
– UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office

Rwanda: using radio to promote nurturing care during the pandemic
This implementation brief describes adaptations to the First Steps Intera za Mbere programme.
– USAID Momentum

Gindegi Goron: supporting young children’s development in Bangladesh
Learn how the International Rescue Committee supported nurturing care for ECD in Bangladesh during the pandemic.
– International Rescue Committee Understory Consulting

Impact of COVID-19 on responsive caregiving, opportunities for early learning and safety and security
Two briefs examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on three components of nurturing care: responsive caregiving, opportunities for early learning, and safety and security. A 4-page brief (available here) summarizes the findings of a rapid review of 112 scientific and scholarly article. A 9-page brief (here) describes the COVID-19 response strategies of 7 programmes worldwide.
– FHI360 and LEGO Foundation

Misalignment of global COVID-19 breastfeeding and newborn care guidelines with World Health Organization recommendations
This paper finds considerable inconsistency in guidance documents from 33 countries regarding breastfeeding and newborn care. None of the guidance documents reviewed recommended all aspects of WHO guidance. In this paper, health care providers from 62 countries share their experiences of caring for small and sick newborns during the COVID.-19 pandemic.
Alive & Thrive Southeast Asia, FHI 360, Western Sydney University School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Innovators’ response to COVID-19: Lessons from four ECD programmes
This policy brief from Saving Brains explores how four programmes (aeioTU in Colombia, Mobile Creches in India, RTCCD in Vietnam and Ana Aqra in Lebanon) developed a unique response to COVID-19 that was creatively tailored to their community context, to their own capacities and circumstances, and to the content of their work.
Saving Brains

Supporting children and caregivers in the context of COVID-19
Five practical steps health and social services can take to support babies, toddlers and the people who care for them during the Covid-19 pandemic, with examples from more than 20 countries. 
Bernard van Leer Foundation

Tshwaragano ka Bana – Working together for children
UNICEF South Africa, the Department of Social Development, the Department of Basic Education and the LEGO Foundation have developed easy to understand early learning activity sheets for parents and caregivers of children birth to 5 years.
UNICEF South Africa

Re-orienting nurturing care for ECD during COVID-19 in Kenya
This review aims to deepen understanding of the effects of COVID-19 on nurturing care, looking at the case of young children in Kenya. It draws on evidence from previous pandemics and epidemics, and anecdotal and emerging evidence from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, to propose strategies for the re-orientation of nurturing care.
Shumba, C et al

• Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding
• FAQS: Breastfeeding and COVID-19 for health care workers
• Questions and Answers: COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy
• Guiding principles for immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic
• Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak
World Health Organization

How to support children (and yourself) during the COVID-19 outbreak
Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

Ways to promote children’s resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic
Child Trends

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

• Caring for the caregiver during the COVID-19 crisis
• Family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19: Key steps employers can take
• Coronavirus (COVID-19) guide for parents

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

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

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

COVID-19 in pre-existing humanitarian crises
Moving Minds Alliance

Position statement: Five priority actions to protect, support and strengthen the early childhood workforce
Early Childhood Workforce Initiative

ARNEC statement on COVID-19
Asia-Pacific Network for Early Childhood

Time to re-think our societies and economies – Why we need to prioritise early childhood
Eurochild, International Step by Step Association, Roma Education Fund and the European Public Health Alliance

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

ANECD statement in response to COVID-19 crisisArabic version
Arab Network for Early Childhood Development

Maintaining MNCH services during COVID-19: Lessons from 19 countries
– Dept Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing, WHO

COVID-19: Ensuring safe breastfeeding and newborn care
– ECDAN & PMNCH with the Nurturing Care Coordinating Team

Responses to COVID-19 in eastern and southern Africa
– Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Stellenbosch University

• Nurturing care for children during and beyond COVID-19: Focus on health and nutrition
• Nurturing care for young children during and beyond COVID-19
• How young children cope with anxiety, fear and stress
– Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood

• COVID-19 and early childhood development
• COVID-19 and child protection
• Responses to COVID-19 in Latin-America (Spanish language)
– Early Childhood Action Development Network

COVID-19 and maternal and child health
– Every Woman Every Child

Investing in our future: Nurturing human capital in a COVID complex world
– ECDAN, ChildFund International, the Global Campaign for Education-US, Light for the World, PATH, Save the Children International and UNICEF

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 or complete the form here.

Twitter accounts to follow and retweet from:

Learning through play campaign toolkit
LEGO Foundation
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/