Thank You

On behalf of faculty and staff, I want so share a warm HELP thank you to everyone who attended HELP’s Fall Expo 2019 – either in person or via webcast. We know there are many competing priorities requiring your time and energy, each and every day. We appreciate that you choose to spend your time with us at Fall Expo to support our collaborative work together. This event continues to get better and better in part because of your participation and contribution.

The morning presentations were recorded and are available HERE. We will also post the PPT slides and some of the resources our presenters mentioned. Please watch for all of these in the coming days.

You’ll hear from us again soon as we look ahead to sharing more EDI Wave 7 results with you in the coming weeks. Our EDI Wave 7 Provincial Report will be released late November. The EDI Community Profiles for all 59 school districts in BC will follow shortly, with an anticipated release date in early December. In addition, the HELP team continues confirm a number of opportunities for additional EDI-related events and research presentations through 2020. Please watch our blog and social media ...

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Our MDI Webinar Series is back!

We are pleased to announce the first in a series of MDI focused webinars planned for 2019/20. Join us on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 for Back to School with the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI): Promoting Resilience through Important Adults at School.

Settle into the new school year with Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl to discuss the importance of adults at school in the lives of students and five practical ways to connect with your new students. In addition to Kim sharing the latest research, our webinar special guests will share their experiences helping schools and community make use of MDI data.

Register today!

This webinar is open to everyone. Please share the registration links widely and invite those in your school and community who work to support well-being in the middle years.

MDI webinars are also planned for November, January, March and May. Information, including dates and topics, will be released soon. Follow the HELP Blog, @HELP_UBC on Twitter or HELP’s Facebook for news and announcements.

HELP Talks: Emotional Intelligence with Dr. Marc Brackett

October 28th, 2019, Monday
9:30am to 12:00pm 
Michael Smith Laboratories Lecture Theatre, Room 102 *

We are excited and honoured to host Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine at Yale University, for our October HELP Talks. 

Dr. Brackett’s presentation will focus on educating emotional intelligence for school-aged children, with specific reference to his new book, Permission To Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Achieve Optimum Well-being and Success.

Emotions matter. They inform our thinking and decisions, the quality of our relationships, our physical and mental health, and our creativity and everyday performance. What we do with our emotions is especially important. Dr. Brackett’s presentation will (1) inspire a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives, (2) teach participants five key emotion skills, known as the “ RULER” skills, and (3) provide innovative strategies for developing emotion skills so that emotions help, rather than hinder, our well-being and success at home, school, and work.

Book sales and signing will be held after the talk. We look forward to seeing you October 28th. Please RSVP to eri.kikuchi ...

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Dr. Barry Forer appointed as a member of the Expert Panel on Early Learning and Child Care Data and Research

HELP is pleased to share that Barry Forer has been appointed as a member of the Government of Canada’s new Expert Panel on Early Learning and Child Care Data and Research.

The Government of Canada is investing in early learning and child care to help Canadian children get the best start in life and have a fair chance to succeed. In support of this commitment, have established an expert panel on early learning and child care data and research. The Expert Panel will act as a sounding board and a forum for in-depth discussion on issues related to early learning and child care information, data and research. Specifically, the panel's role will be to provide advice and recommendations in developing an early learning and child care data and research strategy that could include: 

  • identifying priority action areas;
  • identifying innovative approaches; and
  • aligning the objectives of the work with other Government priorities.

The Expert Panel brings together a diverse group of 14 members who will provide valuable advice and input to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on a range of early learning and child care issues that will in turn inform the data and research strategy ...

Your invitation: The EDI project 2019/20

HELP is pleased to invite school districts and independent schools to partner with us in the Early Development Instrument (EDI) project for the 2019-2020 school year. Information from the EDI has proven essential to educators, school districts, health professionals, early years care providers, and community members in planning programs and services for children and families.

To date, and since the inception of the EDI, we have collected data for over 291,000 Kindergarten students in BC. We have one of the world’s best data sets on children’s development as they start school. It wouldn’t be possible to have this robust set of data without involvement from school districts and independent schools.

For more information about the EDI or how to participate, please contact Brandon Schulmeister at or by phone at 604-822-3361. Brandon is happy to answer any questions you may have. Please note the deadline to participate is October 15, 2019.

THE CHEQ is in 15 School Districts this year

The Childhood Experiences Questionnaire – the CHEQ – continues to expand, rolling out in 15 school districts in British Columbia this September. We are excited to be working with schools in Southeast Kootenay, Rocky Mountain, Revelstoke, Quesnel, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Powell River, Okanagan Similkameen, Alberni, the Comox Valley, Kamloops-Thompson, North Okanagan-Shuswap, Vancouver Island West and Nechako Lakes.

Parents of children entering Kindergarten in these districts will be invited to complete the CHEQ starting September 4th.* Watch for our Parent Meeting invitation.

The CHEQ captures important information on children’s experiences in their early environments with a focus on specific areas of development that are strongly linked to children’s health and well-being, education and social outcomes. This information can help communities understand how to support children and families prior to Kindergarten; it also helps schools with planning. If your district is participating this year and/or you want to find out more about the CHEQ, visit the CHEQ webpage.

Follow HELP on Twitter and watch for #CHEQItOut to learn more about the CHEQ and connect to resources that can help support children & families in building positive experiences in the early years.

* Please note that not all schools in these districts are participating.

Mark your calendars! Fall Expo 2019 will take place November 5!

This year's HELP Fall Research Expo will take place on Tuesday, November 5th at UBC Robson Square. 2019 marks the final year of Early Development Instrument (EDI) Wave 7 data collection and this year’s Expo will explore the latest EDI data, trends and patterns in in children's vulnerability and developmental health outcomes in the province. We will share full details, including speakers and registration instructions, in September. In the meantime, we invite you to save the date and look forward to seeing you in November.


Need some summer reading? 

The June edition of HELP Reads is now online. HELP’s Human Development Research Review - also known as HELP Reads - aims to expand awareness of topics in human development, particularly social epigenetics, social determinants of health, socio-emotional learning, Indigenous children and youth, and family policy. HELP Reads connects health academics, advocates, and professionals with online and publicly available research, news, and information. This review focuses on listing articles relevant to human development research activities at HELP.

In addition, we are pleased to share below some of the books and publications HELP Staff and Faculty are reading, plan to read or recommend others should read this summer.

We would love to hear from you! Tell us what you are reading this summer. Tweet us @HELP_UBC with your summer reads using #HELPSummerReads.

Amy Mullis
Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson

Sharlene Eugenio
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Martin Guhn
Salmon Forest by David Suzuki, Sarah Ellis, Sheena Lott
Wolf Island by Nicholas Read

Verena Rossa-Roccor
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

Ryan van Roode
SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA by Kirk Goldsberry

Cath Ennis ...

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The Vancouver Early Years Partnership is pleased announce the formal launch of, a new website that provides information about the role of Social and Emotional Learning in the early years, including its impact on brain development, success in school, a healthier society and a stronger economy. offers early years providers, along with parents and caregivers, a set of clear, consistent messages about the importance of Social Emotional Learning.  It takes the key research arguments, refines them into easy to use messages and provides a range of downloadable resources, including fact sheets, posters and links to ‘evidence’.

Early bird tickets now on sale for Heart-Mind 2019 Conference: The Art And Science Of Calm

The Dalai Lama Centre for Peace & Education is pleased to announce that tickets are on sale now for this year’s Heart-Mind conference, "The Art and Science of Calm.” This year’s event features the latest science and practice related to cultivating calm and balance in our lives – at home, school and in our community. In this one-day experiential conference, presenters will explore evidence informed ways to support children and youth in a fast-paced world, and share practical strategies that fit into our daily routines to reduce stress and promote well-being.

Participants will experience the calming effects of mindfulness, nature, music, Indigenous knowledge, human connection, and more, while connecting with like-minded and like-hearted people. Learn, laugh, and be calm!

Maria LeRose returns as Conference Moderator. Keynote presenters included Marc Brackett, Carl Honoré, Susan Kaiser-Greenland, Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Lorna Williams, and Scott Sampson.

Vancouver, BC
Friday, October 25th, 2019
Early Bird Tickets $199 (+ tax & fees)

Learn more and register HERE.

MDI School District & Community Reports for 2018/19 now available

On behalf of Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and the Human Early Learning Partnership, we are excited to announce MDI School District & Community Reports for 2018/19 are now online. These reports provide a comprehensive overview of MDI results for participating school districts in BC, and profiles and maps for each neighbourhood in participating districts. 

2018/19 MDI Data Trends
In 2018/19, MDI data collection was moved from November to January/February in response to requests from MDI school districts, and this may have had an influence on a range of MDI measures. Improvements were also made to our online data capture and reporting system, and the ‘Number of Important Adults at School’ question appeared differently as compared to previous years. We strongly recommend you read our MDI Data Trends Summary 2018/19 for more information as you interpret your MDI data this year. Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl also highlighted 2018/19 MDI data trends in a recent webinar, Preparing for Your 2018-19 MDI School District Reports. The webinar recording can be viewed HERE

MDI Resources: Moving From Data to Action
We encourage you to explore the various supports and tools in our companion resource, ‘Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Promoting ...

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MDI Webinar: Preparing for Your 2018-19 MDI School District Reports!

They're coming! MDI School District and Community Reports, including Neighbourhood Profiles and Maps, will be released later next month. In anticipation of this, please register for the Preparing for Your 2018-19 MDI School District Reports live webinar. 

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: 3:15-4:15

MDI data are meant to spur conversations and support planning for children’s well-being, social and emotional learning, and resiliency in classrooms, schools, and communities. This webinar will include examples from our team, including Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl, Principle Investigator of the MDI, and others of how the MDI data are used at the school and school district levels and the practical strategies of how MDI data can be used to assist in school and school district planning, and in reports to the Ministry of Education.

Register Today!

HELP Talks Cities for Children: Bringing outdoor play to urban environments

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Venue: Room 491, 2206 East Mall, UBC Campus

Please join us for our June HELP Talks presentation focusing on designing cities for children. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Höfflin and Dr. Kate Bishop. 

“Children’s play and urban environment. Empirical results on the influence of the residential environment on the everyday life of children in Germany and Switzerland”
Dr. Peter Höfflin, Professor for Sociology and Empirical Research; Director of the Institute of Research of the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigsburg, Germany

Play-full Cities: The Importance of Inclusive, Intergenerational Spaces
Dr. Kate Bishop, Senior Lecturer in the Landscape Architecture Program; Director of the Built Environment Interdisciplinary Learning (BEIL) initiative, Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Australia

HELP Talks are HELP faculty led events that focus on a particular area of human development from a research-to-practice perspective. Each HELP Talk explores a particular research area or idea, allowing us to think about child development from a range of angles and to engage in conversation and learning with a variety of academic and community partners.

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Register today! Insights into Children’s Early Experiences – Moving CHEQ Data to Action

Register today for our Insights into Children’s Early Experiences – Moving CHEQ Data to Action webinar, taking place Tuesday, May 28th from 3:30-4:30 PST. 

Learn more about the valuable information gathered from parents and caregivers across the province through the Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (CHEQ). Dr. Alisa Almas, Child Development Researcher and Faculty Lead for the CHEQ, will discuss the development of the CHEQ tool and its unique ability to capture information about children’s early experiences from the parent and caregiver perspective. She will also explore how this data can be mobilized in your community and schools to improve programs and services for children and families. HELP’s Implementation Team will also provide a few best practices for administering the CHEQ in schools. Finally, we look forward to hearing from you during an interactive question and answer period. We encourage early learning and care providers, community representatives, teachers, principals, school district leaders, researchers, parents, and caregivers to attend.

MDI Webinar: How to Prepare for Your 2018-19 MDI School Reports!

How to Prepare for Your 2018-19 MDI School Reports webinar, featuring Dr Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is now availabe on the HELP YouTube channel

You can also access Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl’s Power Point presentation here:

Please note that the WorkSpace link is only available for the next 30 days so please download and save it on your desktop if you want to be able to access it in the future.

Finally, we wanted to share the SEE Learning resource that Kim referred to in her presentation. 

Please be in touch if you have any questions! Please email or call us directly at 604.872.5504 (local) or 1.888.908.4050 (toll free).