Moving Minds Alliance

April 2021 Newsletter

A quarterly compilation of the latest news and resources on early childhood in crisis and displacement

In this issue
New Releases
Featured Resources
Additional Resources
Webinars & Multimedia

News Digest
Events & Opportunities

New Releases

The Proximity of Care Design Guide

Bernard van Leer Foundation and Arup, Mar 2021
Developed to bridge the gap between early childhood specialists and built environment professionals, this guide supports the design and implementation of child and family friendly interventions in vulnerable urban contexts such as refugee communities.
Read the guide >
Watch the launch webinar >

Case Studies of Programmes to Promote and Protect Nurturing Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic

FHI360 and LEGO Foundation, Feb 2021
This comprehensive report outlines case studies of seven programs working to promote and protect nurturing care during the COVID-19 pandemic through adapted ECD services.
Read the full report >

ECE Accelerator Toolkit

Global Partnership for Education and UNICEF, Feb 2021
A toolkit to support countries with the inclusion and strengthening of ECD in the context of Education Sector Planning processes. The key actions and tools are globally relevant and applicable to all contexts including crisis settings. 
Access the toolkit >
Watch the launch webinar >

Featured Resources

10 Years of War in Syria: The Lasting Impact of a Childhood Without Peace

IRC, Mar 2021
A new brief marking the ten-year anniversary of the War in Syria provides an analysis on how the war is impacting the wellbeing of children at home, how IRC's partnership with Sesame Workshop on Ahlan Simsim is providing solutions and recommended actions for the international community. Read the brief >

Nurturing Care Handbook

WHO, World Bank and UNICEF, Feb 2021
In collaboration with its partners, the WHO completed the first version of the Nurturing Care Handbook. The handbook is organized around five strategic actions of the Nurturing Care Framework and sets out what children need to reach their full potential, along with the policies, services and public awareness necessary to support them. Read the handbook >
Credit: BMC Public Health

Neonatal mortality burden and trends in UNHCR refugee camps, 2006–2017: a retrospective analysis

BMC Public Health, Feb 2021
This study examines neonatal mortality burden and trends in refugee camps between 2006 and 2017 to provide insight on the issue and improve the quality of neonatal care practices within and outside of healthcare facilities. Read the article >

Children's learning and development in conflict- and crisis-affected countries: Building a science for action

Development and Psychopathology, Jan 2021
This paper focuses on the effectiveness of educational programming that incorporates skill-targeted social and emotional learning programs thereby offering insights for developing more impactful studies and programs for children in conflict-affected areas. Read the paper >

Additional Resources

Humanitarian-Development Coherence in Education: working together in crisis contexts INEE, Apr 2021

Seeking Protection in a Pandemic: COVID-19 and the Future of Asylum Jesuit Refugee Service USA, Apr 2021

More of the same: Biden to admit fewer refugees than any president in U.S. history IRC, Apr 2021

Leave No Migrant Behind: The 2030 Agenda and Data Disaggregation International Organization for Migration (IOM), Apr 2021

Violence Against Women and Children During COVID-19—One Year On and 100 Papers In: A Fourth Research Round Up Center for Global Development, Apr 2021

Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings Study Overview Infographic Women’s Refugee Commission, Apr 2021

Galvanizing Collective Action to Accelerate Reductions in Maternal and Newborn Mortality and Prevention of Stillbirths Global Health: Science and Practice, Apr 2021

Keeping Children Safe and Learning in a Pandemic: Education, Conflict, and COVID-19 IRC, Apr 2021

Lifting Barriers to Education During and After COVID-19 Improving education outcomes for migrant and refugee children in Latin America and the Caribbean UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, Mar 2021

A Chance to Get it Right: Achieving equity in COVID-19 vaccine access Save the Children, Mar 2021

Private Engagement in Education in Emergencies: Rights and Regulations INEE, Mar 2021

Toddlers’ stress during transition to childcare European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, Mar 2021

Universal Periodic Review on Hungary on the rights of migrants Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) and Menedék, Hungarian Association for Migrants, Mar 2021

Maternal mental health during a pandemic: A rapid evidence review of Covid-19’s impact Maternal Mental Health Alliance, Mar 2021

Learning Through Play: Increasing impact, Reducing inequality LEGO Foundation, Mar 2021

Direct and indirect effects of COVID-19 pandemic and response in South Asia UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, SickKids’ Center for Global Child Health, Mar 2021

Evidence Review Of The Global Childcare Crisis And The Road For Post-Covid-19 Recovery And Resilience International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Mar 2021

Setting research priorities for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in humanitarian settings Conflict and Health, Mar 2021

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal and perinatal outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis The Lancet Global Health, Mar 2021

Data and Research on Children and Youth in Forced Displacement: Identifying Gaps and Opportunities Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement (JDC), Mar 2021
Process evaluation of TeamUp: a movement-based psychosocial intervention for refugee children in the Netherlands International Journal of Mental Health Systems, Mar 2021

A holistic approach to promoting early child development: a cluster randomised trial of a group-based, multicomponent intervention in rural Bangladesh BMJ Global Health, Mar 2021

Toolkit for inclusive early childhood education and care European Commission, Feb 2021

Preterm care during the COVID-19 pandemic: A comparative risk analysis of neonatal deaths averted by kangaroo mother care versus mortality due to SARS-CoV-2 infection EClinicalMedicine, Feb 2021

Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States UNICEF, Feb 2021

Collaboration Across Child Protection In Humanitarian Action And Education In Emergencies The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and INEE, Feb 2021

The Global Cost of Inclusive Refugee Education World Bank, Feb 2021

Quantifying Heckman: Are Governments in Eastern and Southern Africa Maximizing Returns on Investments in Early Childhood Development? UNICEF-ESARO, Feb 2021

Strengthening Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in 2021 UNHCR, Feb 2021

Closing The Education Gap: Time To Step Up For Refugee Children Child and Family Blog, Feb 2021

A bioecocultural approach to supporting adolescent mothers and their young children in conflict-affected contexts Development and Psychopathology, Feb 2021

Inter-Agency Toolkit: Preventing and Responding to Child Labour in Humanitarian Action Children The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, Feb 2021

Short maternal stature and gestational weight gain among refugee and migrant women birthing appropriate for gestational age term newborns: a retrospective cohort on the Myanmar-Thailand border, 2004–2016 BMJ Global Health, Feb 2021

Weapon of War: Sexual violence against children in conflict Save the Children, Feb 2021

Effects of childhood adversity on the volumes of the amygdala subnuclei and hippocampal subfields in individuals with major depressive disorder Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Jan 2021

Barriers and facilitators for scaling up mental health and psychosocial support interventions in low- and middle-income countries for populations affected by humanitarian crises: a systematic review International Journal of Mental Health Systems, Jan 2021

The Role of the Health Sector in Advancing Nurturing Care: AKDN Syria’s Implementation of Care for Child Development Aga Khan Foundation, Jan 2021

COVID-19: Missing More Than a Classroom. The impact of school closures on children’s nutrition UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, Jan 2021

Supporting the Workforce: Parenting Programs Adapt to COVID-19 Early Childhood Workforce Initiative (ECWI), Jan 2021

Webinars & Multimedia

Credit: ©UNICEF / UNI321519 / Fazel

Nurturing care for children’s health and wellbeing in humanitarian settings

WHO, Apr 2021
A video detailing how healthcare practitioners in conflict settings can support caregivers and ensure young children receive nurturing care to reach their full developmental potential. Watch the video >

Responsive Caregiving during COVID-19

An animated video providing ideas of how parents can take care of themselves and provide responsive care for their children as they go through every day activities during the pandemic. Watch the video >
Credit: United for Global Mental Health

Child and Youth: Early Childhood Development and Child Mental Health

United for Global Mental Health, Apr 2021
A panel of experts discuss the importance of childhood mental health and interventions that support both young children and their caregivers. Watch the webinar >
Credit: Photo: Mahmoud Fadhel/IRC

The puppet show teaching children in Yemen how to protect themselves from the coronavirus

IRC, Apr 2021
In Yemen, the IRC is using animal puppets to teach children proper handwashing and other ways to protect themselves from COVID-19 and other diseases.
Watch the video >

Caring for the Caregivers. A Path Towards Playful Parenting 

International Step-by-Step Association, UNICEF, LEGO Foundation, Mar 2021
Webinar exploring how the relationship between caregivers' wellbeing and the wellbeing of the children they care for are intertwined, and why play is key for the mental health of both. Watch the webinar >

How the World Bank supports ECD

World Bank, Feb 2021
In the first webinar of an ongoing series, Global ECD Lead Amanda Devercelli provides an overview of the World Bank's ways of working on the global and country level to support early childhood development.
Access the presentation >

News Digest

Highlights one year on from the release of the IASC MHPSS RG children’s storybook on COVID-19 in April 2020 Inter-Agency Standing Committee, 19 Apr 2021

Child marriage in Bangladesh: Does a vacuum exist within the law? BRAC, 18 Apr 2021

In Namibia, same-sex couple fight for children's citizenship Reuters, 16 Apr 2021

Civilians at risk from escalating fighting in Yemen’s Marib UNHCR, 16 Apr 2021

Netherlands and IOM Launch Global Migration Initiative to Protect People on the Move IOM Migration, 16 Apr 2021

Playful Learning – Collaboration on Transition from Kindergarten to Primary School International Step-by-Step Association, 15 Apr 2021

Caribbean volcano: thousands of children need urgent action on education Theirworld, 15 Apr 2021

UN: Tigray’s humanitarian crisis worsens, no Eritrean exit Washington Post, 15 Apr 2021

In Brazil, an alarmingly high number of babies and children are dying of Covid-19 NBC News, 15 Apr 2021

Integrate, don’t close, Africa’s largest refugee camps Al Jazeera, 15 Apr 2021

Bring Ukrainian Women, Children Home from Syria Human Rights Watch, 13 Apr 2021

Children swap classrooms for beach lessons in Spain Reuters, 12 Apr 2021

UN praises ‘exemplary’ refugee host country Jordan on centennial The Jordan Times, 11 Apr 2021

In Denmark, Fears Grow Among Syrian Asylum-Seekers As Residence Permits Are Revoked NPR, 11 Apr 2021

The First Refugee-Led Expansion of Little Ripples has Begun! iACT, 8 Apr 2021

Breastfeeding safely during the COVID-19 pandemic UNICEF, 8 Apr 2021

US: End Misguided Public Health Border Expulsions Human Rights Watch, 8 Apr 2021

'We're defeated': Climate migrants fleeing storm-stricken Central America struggle to find refuge NBC News, 5 Apr 2021

The Community As A Pillar: Providing Access To Health Care In Isolated Or Insecure Contexts Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), 3 Apr 2021

This Ramadan, Children in Yemen Are Struggling to Survive UNICEF USA, 2 Apr 2021

Colombia's Trailblazing Model for Refugees | Opinion Newsweek, 25 Mar 2021

'Somewhere to call home': helping stateless children realise their right to Australian citizenship The Guardian, 24 Mar 2021

Fire At Rohingya Refugee Camp Destroys Hundreds Of Shelters Huffington Post, 23 Mar 2021

The role of home learning environments and family socioeconomic status on children’s learning attainments in Tanzania Refugee REACH Initiative, 22 Mar 2021
It's Time to Invest in Global Childcare Center for Global Development, 16 Mar 2021

Children In Conflict In Urgent Need Of Free And Equal Access To Covid-19 Vaccines War Child Holland, 11 Mar 2021

Women Vaccinators Protect Pakistan's Children From Polio UNICEF USA, 5 Mar 2021

‘We’re losing hope’: The refugees waiting for the homes they were promised in Britain The Independent, 24 Feb 2021

Making Noor and Aziz: The Research Behind Sesame Workshop's Rohingya Characters Innovations for Poverty Action, 24 Feb 2021

Educating parents on the power of play Aga Khan University, 23 Feb 2021

Angelina Jolie: Millions of Children Are in Danger. We're Not Doing Enough to Protect Them Time, 18 Feb 2021

Ugi the owl tells vulnerable children not to be scared during lockdown Theirworld, 16 Feb 2021

Biden has not done enough to end family separations at the border The Hill, 13 Feb 2021

Mobile Health Teams Will Provide A Lifeline to Thousands of Armenia's Conflict-Displaced IOM Migration, 12 Feb 2021

Mental health ’emergency’ among child refugees in Greece Al Jazeera, 11 Feb 2021

Pop-up cinema educates and entertains children New Frame, 11 Feb 2021

U.S. to resettle more child refugees fleeing violence around the world CBS News, 11 Feb 2021

Venezuela migrants: 'Legal status changes everything' BBC News, 10 Feb 2021

Traumatic stress in childhood can lead to brain changes in adulthood: study University of Alberta, 8 Feb 2021

Balkan Route: Croatia Blocks MEPs from Visiting Border where Abuse and Pushbacks also Target Children European Council on Refugees and Exiles, 5 Feb 2021

Arts and crafts packs help young refugee children deal with stress Theirworld, 4 Feb 2021

Kyaka II refugee communities celebrate completion of the first four Early Childhood Development Centres. Children on the Edge, 3 Feb 2021

Our goals: A world free from malnutrition by 2030 is within reach Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), 3 Feb 2021

Teacher training improves learning outcomes and the safety of schools in Somalia Finn Church Aid, 1 Feb 2021

Launch of the Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies – a catalyst for change Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies, 25 Jan 2021

New estimates reveal extent of health burden of armed conflict Aga Khan University, 25 Jan 2021

Central African Republic: Surge in violence and displacement threatens thousands of children already affected by humanitarian crisis and COVID-19 UNICEF, 22 Jan 2021

Events & Opportunities

Breaking Silo: Promoting inter-sectoral collaboration for an effective and sustainable humanitarian response
Date: 30 Apr 2021
Organization: Save The Children, International Medical Corps, UNICEF Global Nutrition Cluster
Location: Online

Scaling up measurement of early childhood outcomes and quality of early learning environments
Date: 12 May 2021
Organization: World Bank
Location: Online

Call for Papers – Special issue on Education in Pandemics
Deadline: 17 May 2021
Organization: Journal on Education in Emergencies
Location: Online 
The early years fellowship: Building the next generation of leaders in early childhood
Date: 9 Jun 2021
Organization: World Bank
Location: Online

17th World Congress: Creating Stories in Infant Mental Health: Research, Discovery and Regeneration
Deadline: 22-26 Jun 2021
Organization: World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)
Location: Brisbane, Australia and Online

Responsive Caregiving for Children in Diverse Circumstances: Innovations and Inclusivity
Date: 27-28 Jul 2021
Organization: ECD Network for Kenya
Location: Siaya County, Kenya
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