Child Development and COVID-19

This section includes resources for promoting nurturing care and positive development for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources include those that offer guidance for parents and caregivers who are caring for children during lockdowns and quarantines who do not have access to schools and other services.

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Generations United,

This factsheet from Generations United provides grandparents who are raising grandchildren with resources and information on how to stay healthy, informed and connected in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses,

This resource provides specific guidance to parents on how to talk to children about, and help them understand, the COVID-19 crisis.


This guide from IFRC, UNICEF and the World Health Organization offers some tips on how to address and avoid compounding, social stigma in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.


This page from the UNICEF website features the latest updates, explainers for parents and teachers, and resources for media related to COVID-19.

Child Helpline International,

This webpage presents a selection of tools, articles and other resources being shared across the community of children’s rights practitioners concerning the current coronavirus pandemic.

Jack P. Shonkoff - The Harvard Center on the Developing Child,

This statement from Jack P. Shonkoff of the Harvard Center on the Developing Child notes that the Center is "assembling easily accessible and actionable scientific knowledge for supporting the developmental needs of young children and their families in this current context."


This webpage from ZERO TO THREE features resources offering tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.

Early Childhood Development Action Network,

This page from the Early Childhood Development Action Network website provides a list of resources on caring for children during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at parents, early childhood workers, educators, administrators, child protection practitioners and others.

Childnet International,

In the coming weeks, as young people may be spending more time at home, with their families, and on devices, Childnet International have pulled together a list of resources that to use with children to explore online safety in a fun, engaging and educational way.


On this webpage, ISPCAN has gathered resources on how to navigate through the COVID 19 pandemic.