Glossary Term

Early childhood development in emergencies

A comprehensive approach that addresses the holistic needs and rights of children affected by all forms of emergencies and those of their families, starting from preconception to age 8, including displaced children, children with disabilities, developmental delays, and other needs. It is a multi-sectoral, culturally relevant, and inclusive service and intervention that:

  1. seeks to prevent and mitigate crises’ negative effects;
  2. champions young children’s holistic development by providing nurturing care, mental health and psychosocial support, and age and developmentally-appropriate early learning, socialization, and play opportunities;
  3. supports parents, caregivers, and families in assuring protective, life-saving, accessible, and inclusive environments; and
  4. recognizes primary caregivers as the first teachers and advocates in their children’s lives - they possess the agency to support their children, provide responsive care, and advocate for their children’s needs before, during, and after an emergency.