Early childhood care and education in emergencies

For young children impacted by crisis, ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) is vital. Not only are care and education fundamental rights, but they serve as a buffer against the negative impacts of crisis and play a critical role in the protection of individuals and the social cohesion of communities. ECCE is a critical component of humanitarian response and of EiE. It is cross-cutting, reaching beyond education to address the multifaceted needs of young children impacted by crises. As the first years of life are a critical period for brain development, education and care during the earliest years have lasting impacts on education, health and well-being outcomes. The societal benefits have been proven as well, with research showing that investment in ECCE can reduce social costs andpromote economic growth. ECCE programming protects young children from the worst effects of crisis, provides a platform for nurturing care and psychosocial support, and restores a sense of normalcy and routine to help mitigate the harmful impacts of crisis. Furthermore, in humanitarian settings ECCE programming can serve as a mechanism for the provision of other inter-linked services, such as health and nutrition interventionsand water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities.