The global response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has impacted each of us—from adults who can't go to work, to children who can't go to school, to countless professionals in the medical and service industries who remain on the frontlines providing vital services. However, in this challenging time, child development has not paused, and supporting children, families, and care providers of all kinds is as important as ever.
This guide pulls together information on COVID-19, including what it means for child development, and shareable resources that can help parents, caregivers, child care providers, pediatricians, and others who work with families.
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We asked you to share how you or your organization is supporting the developmental needs of young children and their families in the context of COVID-19. Here's just one of the many responses we received:
"I have established and been directing a safe home for rescued trafficked children in the Philippines for the past 11 years [...] Currently, because of lockdowns, all of the children and staff live in the safe home compound 24/7. We have a farm of plants and animals to meet the nutritional needs as well as therapeutic needs. The children work some hours in the different areas of the farm as a form of therapy and then write down their thoughts and feelings about the plants and animals. Their writings are processed by the staff, also in writing. We have a swimming pool, where water therapy is done. It has chlorine, which is a disinfectant. The exercises and activities we do on the ground and in the water do not require close contact but have lots of supportive verbal exchanges even from a distance of 3 meters. Constant washing of hands has been explained fully and is part of routine. When the children were asked about the present world crisis, they uniformly said that they feel protected in their little world and are excited at each day’s end about what the next day would bring."