Joy and Play Build Resilience in Crisis-Affected Early Childhood
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Almost half of the world’s refugees and displaced people are children. The prolonged stress of displacement and other humanitarian crises can disrupt early childhood development (ECD) and have lasting impacts on learning and well-being. Evidence shows that joyful play-based learning can help mitigate these risks, build resilience, and support children to thrive.
The USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN) partnered with Sesame Workshop, the International Rescue Committee, and Save the Children to promote joyful ECD programming in crisis contexts.
The webinar looked at ECD case studies that prioritized local community input to design joyful ECD programming in Bangladesh, Colombia, Kenya, Lebanon, and locations across Latin America. Speakers highlighted the application of play-based approaches, integration of high-quality media, and remote modalities.