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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 ECD during the 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 states.
The findings have been summarized 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.
To read the full study, please click the linked file.