In coordination with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, Kids Brain Health Network at Queen’s University, and Children First in Windsor, this winter, IEMHP undertook a brief survey of Canadian parents/caregivers on their experiences with accessing services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 2,000 responses were received. You can get an overview of our main results here, or by downloading our fact sheet, Caring for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers During COVID-19.

COVID-19 Survey of Families

Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Young Children and their Families

Knowing how policies impact services is not always obvious until the policies are in place. Through the 2021 Covid 19 Survey, families shared their pandemic related experiences including the challenges. In the absence of clear pathways of care and the drastic reductions of services to children less than 6 and their families, many families struggled to find the information or support they direly needed. The information they shared has implications for both policies and practice, how we deliver services, and the kind of support families want to access so they can best support their child’s development.
Based on the survey results, IEMHP and the survey partners (Kids Brain Health Network, Queens University, University of Calgary, Children First, Knowledge Institute for Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions) have created a policy brief for policy makers and agencies supporting young children and their families. The purpose of this document is to inform Canadian policy-makers about the experiences of families of children between 0 to 6 years of age during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document provides recommendations for the next steps toward developing more inclusive policies that integrate the unique needs of the families and children during recovery strategies and future health emergencies.

Infographic - Caring for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers During Covid-19: Over 2,000 Families Across Canada Shared Their Struggles


Carign for a baby or a child under 6 During Covid19 - Survey announcement
Among other things, this survey confirmed what we had heard from practitioners and families: the pandemic increased parents and caregiver stress levels in many ways. How does this affect the little ones? What can be done to prevent it? How to raise the issue with families? 

The following resource can be shared with parents.

Supporting Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers Through Covid 19-Induced Stress

(also in French)
Soutenir les nourrissons, les tout-petits et les enfants d’âge préscolaire face au stress induit par Covid-19

We're pleased to have our partners at SickKids also share the webstory below. 

Survey highlights challenges of caring for infants and toddlers during the COVID-19 pandemic