Special issue on Early Childhood Development in Emergencies

Projected publication: Spring 2020

Submission deadline: September 30, 2019

Early childhood development (ECD) encompasses the period of conception to school age, when a child’s brain is rapidly developing and is most susceptible to change. The developmental leaps that take place during these early months and years – physical, socio-emotional, linguistic and cognitive – form the basis for a child’s future potential and inform long-term health, learning, and behavior.

Nearly 535 million children live in conflict or crisis-affected countries (UNICEF, 2017). Sixteen million children were born in settings of armed conflict in 2015 (UNICEF, 2015), and as of 2016, 86.7 million children under age 7 had lived their entire lives in conflict zones (UNICEF, 2016). During the earliest years, children are especially vulnerable to environmental risks and stressors. Adverse effects of crisis and conflict, including prolonged exposure to stress and violence; inadequate medical and nurturing care; and lack of access to shelter, nutrition, and hygiene can have lasting ramifications for a child’s cognitive development and lifelong psychosocial wellbeing. This this can not only stifle a child’s capacity to reach their full potential in school and in life, but can reverberate in the development capacity, wellbeing, and stability of nations (Bouchane, Yoshikawa, Murphy, and Lombardi, 2018).

ECD programs can provide lifesaving and life-enhancing information for children, parents, caregivers, and communities. While ECD in humanitarian emergencies has gained attention due to the surge of displaced and crisis-affected persons in recent years, financing and programming continue to be inadequate, and research on the topic is sparse.

The Journal on Education in Emergencies seeks research articles and field notes submissions for a special issue on early childhood development in emergencies. JEiE welcomes theoretical and empirical research articles that address any aspect of ECD in conflict or crisis contexts. Additionally, JEiE welcomes field note submissions that present innovative tools or approaches related to ECD in emergencies, or observations and commentary on research work. JEiE also invites suggestions for books for review on these themes. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Developmental effects of conflict, crisis, and disaster on young children and their families
  • Parents’, caregivers’, and communities’ training in pre- and postnatal development in emergencies
  • Supporting pregnant women in times of conflict and crisis
  • Supporting families with young children during emergencies
  • Health and nutrition for young children and families in emergencies
  • Protecting young children and families in emergencies
  • Intersections among ECD and gender, race, ethnicity, and culture
  • Early childhood learning approaches for crisis-affected populations
  • Play-based and arts-based learning for conflict and crisis-affected populations
  • Peace education for conflict and crisis-affected populations
  • ECD policy and practice in emergencies
  • Effectiveness of ECD programming and implementation challenges

All manuscripts are subject to a double-blind peer review process and must have a 200-word abstract. Research articles should be 9,000 words or fewer, including references, and field notes submissions should be 4,000 words or fewer, including references. Formatting and references should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Please submit manuscripts via PeerTrack, JEiE’s manuscript submission system, at https://www.editorialmanager.com/jeie/default.aspx.

Recognizing the global scope of these issues, JEiE seeks submissions from all regions of the world.

The deadline for submitting manuscripts is September 30, 2019. Authors are invited to submit abstracts for brief comment from the JEiE Editorial Team regarding their manuscript’s suitability for inclusion in the special issue until September 1, 2019.

Inquiries regarding topic or scope for the special issue can be sent to journal@inee.org. For more information about JEiE’s requirements and submission process please refer to: https://inee.org/evidence/journal/information-for-authors.

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