No Time to Wait: A Call to Increase Investments for Young Children and Families Facing COVID-19 and Displacement

Joan Lombardi, Early Opportunities; Nada Elattar, UNICEF; Dr. Sweta Shah, Aga Khan Foundation

This Call to Action outlines some of the impacts of both displacement and COVID-19 that are threatening the positive development of many young children around the world. It calls for governments and donors honor existing commitments, ensure inclusion of young children and families in public systems and take FIVE immediate actions to increase investments in: 

  • Food supplements, health care access, cash assistance & other social protection measures
  • Emergency early learning programs
  • Remote and ongoing mental health and child protection support to families
  • Rapid vulnerability assessments
  • Training, adequate personal protective equipment & WASH facilities