COVID-19 has presented people all over the world with many challenges. The Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) commissioned a survey to get insights and share experiences on the situation of children and the status of early childhood development (ECD) as a result of COVID-19 and the resulting containment and risk mitigation measures being implemented in countries in Asia-Pacific region.
The survey is targeted at the ECD community (e.g. policymakers, ministries and government agencies, civil society organisations/non-governmental organisations, foundations, donors, the academe, practitioners, and advocates, among others), who are involved in the ECD sector encompassing services for children between 0-8 years old, such as, but not limited to health, nutrition, responsive caregiving, early learning, and safety and security, either at the policy, program, or activity levels.
ARNEC believes that the views of the ECD community are important in amplifying the role of ECD in the multi-sectoral and whole-of-society response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the findings of the study will be used to develop context-specific advocacies and interventions for young children and their families and caregivers at the sub-regional and regional levels.