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.

Please RSVP to

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).

Your Invitation

I am pleased to invite your school district to partner with the Human Early Learning Partnership in the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) project for the 2019/2020 school year.

This spring, we are excited about more than just the flowers in bloom - we are excited to see the BC educational system ripe with opportunity! And we are so pleased that the data the MDI has to offer are so closely aligned with the initiatives and strategies emerging around the promotion of children’s social & emotional health and well-being, as well as the promotion of mental health in schools.

There are many ways in which MDI data can help inform your school district goals and planning, including:
1. The MDI aligns with multiple initiatives within BC's redesigned curriculum and strategies and with existing research frameworks
2. MDI Reports provide easy access to your data
3. Tools to help you understand your data and move-to-action

Interested but have questions? We would love to help! Please email or call us directly at 604.827.5504 (local) or 1.888.908.4050 (toll free).

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Director, Human Early Learning Partnership

HELP Talks: Perspectives on Indigenous Language

Join us on April 16th as we focus on Indigenous Language Revitalization. This half-day event will explore the intersecting perspectives, disciplines, and practices working to revitalize Indigenous language and the impact that has on identity.

This interdisciplinary event will be of interest to anyone studying or working within Education, Health, First Nations Studies, Linguistics and Arts.

Tuesday, April 16th
9:00am – 12:00pm
The Longhouse
1985 West Mall, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, BC

Gail Sparrow – the former chief of Musqueam Indian Band. She was born on the Musqueam Reserve and went to school at Southlands Elementary and Point Gray High. She attended two years at Brigham Young University in Utah before switching to a career in business, operating a computer school for training Native men and women and a personnel company, Native Personnel Services.

Candace Galla - is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research seeks to better understand how language learners and educators are using digital technology to reclaim and revitalize Indigenous languages. She has taught a variety of courses that focus on Indigenous language revitalization that have included materials development, performative arts, and an ...

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Social and Emotional Learning and the Early Years: Presentations and Discussion

On February 28th the Vancouver Early Years Partnership (VEYP), in collaboration with Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), hosted an evening of presentations and discussion focusing on Social and Emotional Learning and the Early Years. Thank you to all who attended. We hope you found it as informative and inspiring as we did.

As noted at the event, presenters are happy to share their slides and notes. We continue to gather the PowerPoint presentations and resources presented, posting them as we can. Please check back regularly.

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl
A New Kind of Fitness: Promoting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Competence - Recent Research and Practical Strategies - PDF

Dr. Alisa Almas
Experiences Matter: The Childhood Experiences Questionnaire as a Tool for Supporting Families in the Early Years - PDF

Expert Panel
Estelle Paget, Executive Director, KidCareCanada Society - Kid Care Canada website
Danielle Hollander, Manager, Professional Practice and Engagement, VSOCC - PDF
Fiona Douglas-Crampton, President and CEO, The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education - PDF and What Colour Heart Do You Use?
Maureen Dockendorf, BC Ministry of Education (No presentation slides.)

Thank You

On behalf of everyone at HELP, Thank You to all of the teachers, students, school administrators, school district staff, parents, and community early and middle years representatives for your time and dedication to both the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) during the 2018/2019 administration and collection.

Early Development Instrument 
This is the final year of Wave 7 for the EDI and we are excited for the fall and the release of EDI Community Profiles, EDI Subscales Community Profiles and our Wave 7 Provincial Report. Please watch HELP’s social media channels for information about report releases and associated events.

To date we have collected EDI results for over 13,000 children in BC, with an estimated 15,000 expected once administration closes in March. With your contribution we are learning more about how our children are doing so we can support efforts to improve the health and well-being of ALL children in BC.

We would like to take a moment to personally thank our EDI trainers who have worked so closely with us. Your role in our Network has been an important part of our success. Thank you for all that you have done ...

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Remembering Clyde Hertzman

"A passionate visionary, esteemed researcher and early child advocate, Clyde inspired every one of us."

And he continues to do so. Please take a moment today and join us as we remember our dear friend, mentor and colleague, Dr. Clyde Hertzman.

HELP Talks: A Fresh Look at the “New” Science of Child Development: Recent Findings from Two Quebec Cohorts

Please join us Wednesday, January 30th (9:30am – 12:00pm) for HELP Talks: A Fresh Look at the “New” Science of Child Development: Recent Findings from Two Quebec Cohorts

HELP is very excited to welcome Dr. Michel Boivin - Michel Boivin is Canada Research Chair in Child Development, Professor of psychology, director of the Research Unit on Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP) at the School of Psychology of Université Laval, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He leads a program of research on the bio-psycho-social determinants of child development, with a special emphasis on early childhood. This research is anchored to large population-based longitudinal studies, including the Quebec Newborn Twin Study and the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development. He has extensively published in leading international journals in psychology, psychiatry and paediatrics. He co-leads the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Development, and the web-based and multilingual (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian) Encyclopaedia on Early Childhood Development, two international initiatives aimed at knowledge dissemination. He has trained more than 50 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.

Date: Wednesday January 30th, 2019
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
Location: Clyde Hertzman Boardroom 491, HELP Office 4th floor,
School of Population and ...

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Aboriginal Steering Committee Thank Yous and Updates

HELP has been fortunate to work with the Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC) since 2003. Their unwavering support and guidance has been led by Carrie Anne Vanderhoop and Duane Jackson for the past five years. It is with our deepest gratitude that we acknowledge their years of diligent service to the work of HELP through the ASC. This fall Carrie Anne and Duane stepped down as co-Chairs, and will remain members of the ASC. 

The ASC and HELP are pleased to welcome new co-Chairs Laranna Androsoff and Liza Haldane. HELP is delighted to have both ASC members step forward and take on the role of co-Chair.

HELP also wishes to welcome new ASC member Kris Salikin, and welcome back previous ASC member Jeremy Belyea, both of whom contributed immensely to the first meeting this fall.

As HELP looks ahead at 2019, it is with great hope and support from the ASC that we plan our Indigenous HELP Talk event in April, write and revise the EDI and MDI report, and as ever endeavor to work with community partners to bring life to our data.