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New Research Brief by Global TIES for Children's Play to Learn Team


NYU Global TIES for Children (NYU-TIES), an international research center embedded within NYU’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), has recently launched a series of research briefs on their Play to Learn (PtL) program and its impact on families affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Kids in Bangladesh running and smiling

Play to Learn reaches families in affected areas through educational media and direct services in homes and play spaces to provide the essential building blocks of play-based learning and nurturing care. The program aims to establish play-based early childhood development as an essential component of humanitarian response for all children and caregivers affected by crisis. Play to Learn is an innovative program from NYU-TIES, the LEGO Foundation, Sesame Workshop, BRAC, and the International Rescue Committee that harnesses the power of play to deliver critical early learning opportunities to children and caregivers affected by conflict and crisis.

In the brief, Testing Measures of Refugee Camp Environment, Caregiver Mental Health, and Child Social-Emotional Development Among the Rohingya in Cox's Bazar, the fourth in the series, NYU-TIES researchers show that through analyses of instruments measuring caregivers' perceptions of refugee camp environment, caregiver mental health, and children's social-emotional development, there are  reasons for optimism in using these particular scales with the Rohingya community in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Results suggest that the measures examined show generally strong internal reliability and can be successfully adapted for use in this context and they were associated with each other in meaningful ways. In addition to highlighting promising results, this brief also provides a snapshot of the steps involved in selecting, adapting, and testing these scales to examine their suitability and prepare them for large-scale use. 

For more information about the Play to Learn project and Global TIES for Children, as well as access to the other research briefs in this series, visit the NYU Global TIES Play to Learn page.

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