A resource set up to help parents cope with the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic has now reached 111m people across the globe.
In their latest update, leaders of the COVID-19 Parenting project say: 'Let's slow down and take a pause to reflect and recognise the incredible accomplishment of the COVID-19 Parenting response. Our 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 – 111 million in more than 180 countries – in just six months of intense work.'
The project is led by Professor Lucie Cluver and Dr Jamie Lachman of Oxford's Department of Social Policy and Intervention. It was launched in March with a series of evidence-based tip sheets to help parents of the 1.5bn children around the world who were taken out of school at the start of the pandemic. The resource has since evolved to include a mobile app and an official song.
Among the latest updates are a new set of social media channels and the awarding of micro-grants in countries such as Paraguay to help spread the message to the most vulnerable families.
The COVID-19 Parenting Emergency Response is supported by the UKRI GCRF/Newton Fund, the LEGO Foundation, philanthropic donors to the University of Oxford's COVID-19 Research Response Fund, Oak Foundation, and the UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa's Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub. The resources have been developed in collaboration with a host of partners, including the World Health Organization and UNICEF.