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In order to understand the influence of the pandemic on young children (aged six and under) and their caregivers, a consortium of partners commissioned this study to learn from impacts and actions taken in response to Early Childhood Development (ECD) services during Pandemic. The objective was to focus particularly on the disruptions related to the nurturing care components of early childhood development including health, nutrition, early learning, and responsive caregiving of young children, and on the well-being of their caregivers as well as frontline workers. Between December 2020 and February 2021, this study was conducted using qualitative interviews and quantitative data from a survey that covered 10,112 primary/secondary caregivers and 2,916 frontline workers across 11 states1. While the study was designed to cover households across the
socio-economic spectrum, we had to rely on telephonic rather than in-person interviews. The findings have been summarised into sub-sections that cover each of the dimensions in the Nurturing Care Framework to show the influences of the pandemic on the lives of children, their caregivers and frontline workers (ASHAs,
Anganwadi Workers, and Village Health Nurses). The analysis presented in this report has been further layered with rural-urban and state-level differences.
The findings from the study highlight several key lessons and recommendations to improve Early Childhood Development services.
To read the full study, please click the linked file.