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"

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)

Dor: "After a murder in the family, what happens to the children?


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” 

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

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?"

Gabriella Jozwiak 

The Telegraph: "Metal bars, heavy sandbags and air raid shelters - the battle to reopen schools in Ukraine"

The Telegraph: "Joy and trauma meet as Ukraine's children return to classrooms"

Devex: "In Ukraine, children and parents are battling trauma; help is elusive"

Nursery World: "Exclusive: Live report from Ukraine - War and peace"

Jesús Mesa and María Monica Monsalve

El Espectador: "Invisibles: la infancia en Colombia durante la pandemia"


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


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"


Rosa Chávez Yacil

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

Science and Ethics

Mariana Lenharo 

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


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).