The COVID-19 Playful Parenting team's collaboration has brought together global agencies, governments, universities, NGOs, and community organisations to provide evidence-informed playful parenting resources to an unprecedented number of people in just a few months of intense work since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
We are happy to share the following news with you as we continue to work tirelessly to create innovative approaches, respond to partner requests, and learn how these resources impact the lives of children and families.
Interview with Phil Green, COVID-19 Crisis Response and Recovery Coordinator at World Without Orphans
The task of disseminating COVID-19 Parenting Tips to the broader international community required the assistance of a strong, community-based network. World Without Orphans (WWO), a global collaborative of faith-based organizations and faith community networks took a leading role in that effort. Read the interview here.
New cover of our "Let's Slow Down" song- Se Estresse Não
Enjoy this super cool cover of our song "Let's Slow Down" by Palhaços Sem Fronteiras Brasil. If you want to record your own cover, send us a message!
Check our Greeting Cards!
Let's stay connected despite physical distancing! Share our greeting cards with the people you care about - and let them know that we are together forever, never apart, sometimes in distance but always close to heart!
Our cards are available in JPG, GIF and video formats and in several languages, for printing and sharing on social media, by email and via text messages.
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Celebrating our reach of 134 Million!
Celebrating our reach of 134 Million people!
Our Partners have been incredibly supportive of the COVID-19 Parenting Emergency Response Project! By sharing our resources on Social Media, they have contributed to achieving the milestone of reaching more than 134 million people as of November 24th, 2020. The estimated reach of our partners on Facebook, usually the most performing Social Media profile, is one of the key factors in this success!
Parenting during COVID-19 with UNICEF INDIA
COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges for families across the globe. UNICEF India has been a key partner in navigating this pandemic by providing families and caregivers with accurate and reliable information on the best ways to keep families safe.
UNICEF India has translated the Parenting tip sheets into 10 languages and used them for capacity building within government systems through online training sessions, mainly focusing on Early Childhood Development (ECD) workers and caregivers. They transcripted these tips into a monthly calendar to be shared with parents along with training and informative activities. The tips were then developed into short videos that have been used on the Saathealth app. Additionally, UNICEF India shared the tips in approximately 70,000 WhatsApp groups, reaching an estimated million parents.
The government has also been involved in sharing these tips on their websites and promoting them to parents, especially in rural villages.UNICEF India has also launched the project ADAPT that focuses on adolescents, and has used the tips, with others, to create short videos that encourage intergenerational dialogue. They have since held multiple webinars with healthcare workers who have requested the tip sheets to print and display in their offices/surgeries.
Podcast "A new age of parenting: where data matters"
Is it actually possible to end violence against children?
In its new podcast series, the End Violence Partnership explores the answer to that question by talking to those on the frontlines – the experts, researchers and leaders that have dedicated their lives to keeping children safe.
In the episode "A new age of parenting: where data matters", End Violence spoke with Dr Lucie Cluver, Professor of Child and Family Social Work at the University of Oxford and University of Cape Town, about evidence-based social interventions and how data can improve the lives of children and adolescents around the world. Dr. Cluver also talks about parenting as a key element for nurturing care and connection in children’s lives, especially during COVID-19, and shares useful parenting tips.
This podcast is part of the Together for #EndViolence global campaign and Solution Summit series.
Listen to the podcast: here
Learn more about ways to end violence against children: here
Micro-grants in DAC countries
Our micro-grants are helping small organisations and grassroots projects use modest sums for major impact at local level in DAC countries. There is funding to do more!
We can offer support for: disseminating the COVID-19 playful parenting resources, adapting the materials to local needs, incorporating them within your existing activities, monitoring and evaluating their impact.
So far, we have given grants between US $250 - US$1,500 for activities including:
- Translating, printing and distributing posters and flyers.
- Sending the parenting tips as text messages.
- Supporting community leaders to have positive parenting conversations with families.
- Buying airtime for radio broadcast of parenting tips.
- Making a video in local dialect explaining how community leaders can guide parents in applying the parenting tips.
- Conducting interviews and distributing surveys for feedback on the parenting tips.
- To access our Application Form here and send the completed file to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamaica in the Spotlight
LOVE 101 FM, a local Jamaican radio channel, offered UNICEF Jamaica 50 spots to broadcast parenting tips to their listeners.
With the help of the National Parenting Support Commission and Parenting Partners Caribbean, they adapted the COVID-19 Parenting content and requested popular local actors and comedians to announce the tips in Jamaican Patois.
Jamaican partners will shortly be converting these recordings into videos, which will be used for ParentText, an evidence-informed interactive parenting messaging system, launching 2021, and other social media campaigns.
"Pandemic Parenting - Scenes and snippets from families navigating an all-consuming crisis"
There were maternity wards that transformed into ghost towns overnight, as visitor restrictions tightened and grandparents-to-be canceled flights. Schools closed, then reopened, only to close again, sending parents scrambling for child care, wrangling remote learners and struggling to do their own jobs. Millions of families lost income and many lost loved ones. For parents in particular, this year has meant recalibrating time and again. Yet, there was also joy — cobbled-together peaceful moments — amid a steady thrum of chaos, which isn’t letting up. We asked mothers and fathers across the country what parenting has been like for them during the pandemic and how, in their own ways, they have each learned to cope.
See their stories here