Early Childhood Journalism Initiative: Work We Have Supported



In 2017 the Dart Center launched the Early Childhood Journalism Initiative (ECJI) to increase and strengthen reporting on the youngest children and their caregivers. Through workshops, webinars, reporting fellowships, and networking opportunities, this multi-year initiative is providing journalists around the world with knowledge, skills, financial support, and other resources to expand and deepen news coverage of early childhood and its intersection with issues such as inequality, education, health, child care, and social and economic policy around the world.

Since 2017 the initiative has organized four virtual fellowship programs that have provided reporting grants to 75 journalists from 25 countries, and fostered relationships between international experts and journalists across the globe. Below are links to some of the pieces supported by the fellowship programme. 


Rhitu Chatterjee 
NPR: "Nearly 8 million kids lost a parent or primary caregiver to the pandemic"

Mariana Zúñiga
El Hilo: "Los niños perdidos de Venezuela"

Ana Raquel Lelles
Estado de Minas
: "'Antes da Hora': portrait of teenage pregnancy in Brazil"
Estado de Minas: "Técnica indiana reconecta mães e filhos e evita evasão escolar"
Estado de Minas: "'Antes da Hora': projeto evita evasão escolar de mães adolescentes"

Mariana Queiroz
Globo: “Estudo mostra violência major contra mulheres com filhos” 

Vanessa Vieira 
Correio do Lavrado: “Pandemia agrava vulnerabilidades de famílias venezuelanas e expõe violações a direitos sociais

Fabiana Cambricoli
Estadão: "Cinco anos depois, como estao as criancas com microcefalia?"

Oana Sandu
Worldcrunch: "Bystander Victims: Facing The Trauma Of Children Who Witness Domestic Violence" (Read the original version in Romanian here)
Worldcrunch: "After a femicide, what happens to the children?" (Read the original version in Romanian here)
Radio Romania Cultural: "Science 360" (Episode Three)

Paula Casas Mogollón
El Espectador: "Huerfanos por feminicidio: las victimas olvidadas"
El Espectador: "La deuda de Colombia con los huérfanos por feminicidios"


Nicolò Filippo Rosso
Washington Post: “How mass migration and its ripple effects are upending lives across Latin America: A story in photographs.

Evandro Almeida Jr.
Distintas Latitudes: “Niños Warao en Brasil: migrar y arraigarse
Distintas Latitudes:“Ninos Warao en Brasil” 

Lorena Rios Trevino
The San Diego Union-Tribune: "Migrant children arriving in Mexico are encountering a school system that is not ready"

Laura Otieno
Citizen TV Kenya: "How teen mothers in Homa Bay are supported to raise their children"


Brain Development

Jackie Mader
The New Republic: “Is the Pandemic Rewiring Kids’ Brains?

Carla Bittencourt and Mariana Della Barba
Correio: “Desafio em dobro: como a pandemia afetou a vida de crianças atípicas; leia especial

Juliana Causin
My News: “Geracao Covid - o impacto da pandemia na primeira infincia
Conversa de Portão: “Marcas da pandemia  na primeira infincia

Anna Virginia Ballousier
Folha di Sao Paolo: "Nascidos no dia 1 da pandemia completam mil dias; entenda impacto na primeira infância"

Aline Rodrigues
Periferia em Movimento: “Crianças atípicas: Rede de apoio é decisiva para superar os desafios do desenvolvimento

Raphael Mweninguwe
Africa Brief - Malawi: "Painful reality that children with disabilities face"

Education and Children

Amanda Rainheri
JC: “Sem aula e sem comida: falta de merenda castigou quase metade dos alunos de escolas públicas brasileiras

Nikolia Apostolou
The First 1,000 Days: In Greece, Migrant Children have the Right to go to School

Anna Claire Vollers
AL.com: “With half of day cares still closed, Alabama to spend millions to help more reopen

Sharon Barang’a
TV47: “The Forgotten Future: How Vital ECDE Pupils Were Neglected During the Pandemic

Carla Bittencourt
Correio: "A ideia deste especial é: se as crianças pudessem ser consultoras dos candidatos e candidatas à presidência da República, que Brasil queriam ter?"
Correio: "Politics is for kids"

Gabriella Jozwiak 

Jesús Mesa and María Monica Monsalve
El Espectador: "Invisibles: la infancia en Colombia durante la pandemia"

Ana Carolina Moreno
Globo: "Com a suspensão das aulas presenciais, ensino infantil teve queda de matrículas 4x maior que a média; só a cidade de SP perdeu 16 mil vagas"

Boryana Dzhambazova
Politico: "Europe's Forgotten Children: The preschool gap holding back the Continent's Roma communities"
Transitions Online: "Care for the Neediest"

Carmen Victoria Inojosa Sierra
Historias que Laten: A special three-part reportage of how gun violence in preschools and poor neighborhoods affects the youngest children and their caregivers 

Rosie Scammell
National News: “She has stopped being happy: Six months on, Gaza’s children remain haunted by war” 
National News: “How Gaza amputees adjust after suffering wounds of war
National News: “Traumatised Gaza children and parents struggle to come to terms with death and war

Diana Kruzman

Malte Werner 
The Guardian: “‘We clap if none die’: Covid forces hard choices in Sierra Leone” 
Taz: “Where Covid Kills Children

Fabiola Torres
Salud Con Lupa: "Las madres cuidadoras de Cuna Más no reciben un sueldo por su labor con los niños"

Amanda Audi
The Brazilian Report: "Hunger and financial ruin see the return of renting children in Brazil"

Matheus de Moura
Ponte: "Violence in a “favela” in Rio affects childhood"

Luisa Schiff
Globo: "Poor housing affects children"

Crystal Chow
Undark: "In Hong Kong's Shoebox Flats, an Opportunity for Targeted Care"


Rosa Chávez Yacila
OjoPúblico: "Los niños de los ríos de colores: la contaminación en las cuencas del Titicaca"

Malte Werner and José García Escobar
New Humanitarian: “How COVID-19 and climate shocks are hurting children’s health in Guatemala

Jose Garcia Escobar
Plaza Publica: “Una niñez devastada: así deterioraron la pandemia y las tormentas la desnutrición y el aprendizaje

Sarah Fernandes
Brasil de Fato: "Infância minada: garimpos ilegais de ouro no Tapajós adoecem crianças ribeirinhas"

Tatiane Ribeiro
Crescer: "Usina de Belo Monte: os efeitos na vida das crianças ribeirinhas que tiveram de sair do seu hábitat"

Ritwika Mitra
Fifty Two: "Storm Cycle"

Stefania D'Ignoti
Syria Untold: "Their whole world crumbled before their eyes"
Al Jazeera: "How toys comforted children fleeing Turkey-Syria earthquake"
Equal Times: "In south-eastern Turkey, the life-changing trauma of the Turkey-Syria earthquakes have cast a long shadow over the new school year"

Ricardo Braginski
Clarín: "The kindergarten that is not on the map: how children learn in the hottest border of the country"

Isabela Palhares
Folha de S. Paulo: Rights that children are not guaranteed by climate risks

Science and Ethics

Mariana Lenharo
Undark: “
To Study Zika, They Offered Their Kids. Then They Were Forgotten

Célia Fernanda Lima
Lunetas: “How can the lack of basic sanitation in the cities of the Amazon jeopardize the future of children living in the region?

COVID-19 Pandemic

Anna Virginia Balloussier 
Folha de S. Paulo (main Brazilian newspaper): "Development of children born on day 1 of the pandemic"

Heidi Shin
The World: "Chinatown preschool helps families name pandemic-related feelings"


Emilio Sant'Anna
Estadão: "When it rains, my son starts to cry: Children live under trauma in Petropólis"

Sarah Carr
Hechinger Report: "Black and Latino infants and toddlers often miss out on early therapies they need"

Lisa Schurr
Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR): "Of traumatized children and overwhelmed daycare centers"

Pedro Paz
Mídia Ninja: Simony's baby: Loss of newborns due to preventable causes leaves women with psychological trauma



You can find out more about the Early Childhood Initiative here.

The fellowship has been underwritten by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (Netherlands), Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal (Brazil), and The Two Lilies Fund (United States).