Early life experiences shape the architecture of the brain and lay the foundation for later development. The very youngest refugees face compounding risks that threaten their long-term development and wellbeing. Still, the multi-dimensional needs of displaced infants, toddlers and those who care for them remain overlooked and underfunded.
In this brief you can learn more about:
- what is early childhood development (ECD),
- why is it important for refugee families with children,
- the current ECD status in humanitarian responses (in a 2018 analysis only half of the humanitarian response plans mentioned any learning or education for children under 5),
- how to integrate ECD programs into existing services (health, nutrition, child protection, education),
- suggestion for actions (e.g. Prioritize establishing family-centered early childhood programs).