Broken Places Film Screening and Expert Discussion Panel

Thursday, June 18, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
Virtual Zoom Event

We are excited to host a special screening of the documentary film, Broken Places, followed by a discussion panel moderated by Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Professor and Director at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), UBC. We wish to hold this event in honour of Dr. W. Thomas (Tom) Boyce, professor emeritus at HELP, who is interviewed in the film for his lifelong work in the area of child resiliency.

Film Synopsis
Why are some children permanently damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive? To help answer this question, filmmaker Roger Weisberg dug into his extensive film archives to update a few of the stories of the abused and neglected children he filmed decades ago. Viewers are given a unique time-lapse perspective on how the trauma that these children experienced shaped their lives as adults. Broken Places interweaves these longitudinal narratives with commentary from a few nationally renowned experts in neurobiology and early childhood development in order to illuminate the devastating impact of childhood adversity.

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NEW! HELP Coffee Talks

We are excited to announce a new, virtual series - HELP Coffee Talks. This event is an effort to build new ways of connecting and sharing during the challenging COVID-19 context.

1 Guest, 3 Questions, in 30 Minutes!

This online series will feature a HELP faculty member speaking with an expert in the field of child well-being and child development who is also a friend, colleague, or collaborator of HELP. In our first series, hosted by Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, each 30 minute chat will explore - via 3 questions - a topic relevant to the current COVID-19 context, focusing on both the science and practical strategies people can implement in their daily lives to help us cope and manage in the current context.

June 12, 9:00AM PST
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl will kick off this series off on June 12 with a conversation with Dr. Molly Lawlor. Together they will discuss social and emotional learning strategies as a way to help parents and their children meet the challenges of this context.
Zoom Registration link:

June 18, 9:00AM PST
The second session in this series will take place June 18 and feature Dr. Lara Boyd, Canada ...

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Latest MDI School District & Community Reports are online.

On behalf of Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl , we are excited to share that Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) School District & Community Reports for 2019/2020 are now available. The BC School District and Community reports provide a comprehensive overview of MDI results for participating school districts, including Neighbourhood Profiles and maps.

Data Highlights 2019/2020: Improvements to the MDI
To address an increased focus on children’s mental and physical health, we reviewed existing research and consulted with education and health experts to identify and add two additional questions to the MDI that asked children to report on their “Help-seeking for Emotional Well-being” and “Transportation To and From School.” Specifically, these new questions asked children about their help-seeking behaviours (“who they would talk to if they were feeling sad, stressed, or worried”) and about school transportation (“how they get to and from school, and how they wish to get to and from school”). Children’s answers to these questions can provide educators, parents, and other community stakeholders with the critical information they need to support children’s social and emotional health, and physical activity. To reflect changes in how health is currently conceptualized, we removed two questions on the MDI that ...

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Registration is open for our May 27th MDI Webinar!

Understanding and Supporting the Well-being of Children in Middle Childhood: Recent Data Trends from the Middle Years Development Instrument

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 27 from 3:15 to 4:15

Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) School District & Community Reports for 2019/2020 will be released the week of May 25th. Supporting the well-being of children in our schools and communities is more important now than ever before. MDI data are meant to spur conversations and support planning for children’s well-being, social and emotional learning, and resiliency in classrooms, schools, families, and communities. Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl will share the latest MDI findings, highlight some important data trends, and discuss these in the context of the current pandemic. She will also provide examples and practical strategies of how MDI data can be used at the school, school district, and community level for supporting the well-being of our children. We will be joined by special guest Gail Markin, Social Emotional Learning Support K-12 for the Langley School District. Gail will share her experience using the MDI to support child well-being in Langley and throughout BC.

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HELP’s Commitment to Support Communities

Now is a time like no other for us to be focusing our attention on children’s health and well-being. The stress and disruption brought about by COVID-19 are of real concern. All children and families, but particularly those that are more vulnerable, are at risk of experiencing increased challenges. Understanding the short-term impact of COVID-19 is essential. It is also critical to continue to collect data that help us reflect and understand the long-term impacts of the pandemic on BC’s children and families. 

To this end, we expect to continue to work in partnership with school districts and community partners to collect population-level data through the Toddler Development Instrument (TDI), the Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (CHEQ), Early Development Instrument (EDI), and Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). Our questionnaires provide opportunities to hear from parents and caregivers directly about their child’s experiences and their family’s challenges during this time (CHEQ), from teachers about observations of vulnerabilities for children in Kindergarten (EDI), and to hear from children themselves about their self-reported well-being and the assets in their lives that will be valuable as they navigate through this unprecedented time (MDI).

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HELP and the Challenges of COVID-19

To HELP’s valued friends and partners,

We wanted to take a few minutes and share how HELP is adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are attempting to keep things as close to business-as-usual as we can. Currently, all of our staff and faculty are working remotely, maintaining as normal operations as possible. This week we are ensuring our teams are set up to work from home and are taking full advantage of the technology available to connect with our each other and colleagues and partners. Zoom is our new best friend! Please don’t hesitate to reach out or send an email if you have questions about any of our research, data or your reports…...or if you just want to check in. We would love to hear from you. Staying connected is a huge part of how we will come through this well.

Here are some important updates about our HELP engagement and events calendar:

  • We will continue with all of our scheduled webinars and virtual office hours;
  • We are starting to plan additional, digital events and touchpoints to ensure we remain connected and learning forward;
  • All scheduled community presentations and meetings for the Spring ...

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Webinar Recording - The MDI and After School Time

We are pleased to share the recording of the MDI and After School Time: Connecting Research and Practice to Support Children’s Well-being webinar HERE.

Listen to Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dr. Eva Oberle and Peter Dubinsky, Director of Learning, School District 10 Arrow Lakes, explore using data from the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) to support children’s well-being during after and out of school time. 

Community Data at Work: Exploring Patterns and Trends in the Early Years Video

We are pleased to share our latest EDI resource - Community Data at Work: Exploring Patterns and Trends in the Early Years, a video that walks viewers through Wave 7 Community Profiles, highlighting key data and providing tips about how to interpret the data.

A number of EDI resources are mentioned in the video including discussion questions and examples of complementary data. We have gathered these resources together into a Video Resources – Community Data at Work document that can be found HERE. This page also includes a link to a number of EDI maps and resources, as well as the BC Early Development Instrument (EDI) Wave 7 Provincial Report, released in November 2019.

Virtual Office Hours
Do you have questions about your EDI Community Profile? Sign up for an individual video conference Virtual Office Hours. A member of HELP’s Early Years team will connect with you online using Zoom, walk through your community’s Profile with you, discuss the data and answer any questions you may have. You can always contact us with your questions but these Virtual Office Hour video conferences provide an opportunity to really dig in. 

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Thank You! 2019/2020 EDI and MDI Administration and Collection is complete!

A warm thank you to teachers, students, school administrators, school district staff and parents for your support and contributions to both the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) during the 2019/2020 administration and collection. We could not undertake these projects without you. 

Middle Years Development Instrument

Over 25,000 Grade 4 and Grade 7 students from across the country shared their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in school and in the community. By sharing information about their daily habits, feelings, relationships, and environments, we honour their voices and enable them to work with us to support their development.

Early Development Instrument

This year we collected EDI results for over 20,000 children in BC. Thanks to 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.

In addition to completing the first year of Wave 8, we completed our seventh wave of EDI data collection and released our 2019 BC EDI Wave 7 Provincial Report, Wave 7 Community Profiles, and corresponding interactive maps. EDI data are a foundation for furthering our understanding about children’s development in our ...

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Register for the next MDI Webinar today!

The Middle Years Development Instrument and After School Time: Connecting Research and Practice to Support Children's Well-being

Monday, March 9 from 10:15 to 11:15 

Join Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl to explore using data from the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) to support children’s well-being during after and out of school time.  We will be joined by two special guests!  Dr. Eva Oberle will talk about her latest research findings using MDI data to examine the connections between after school time and well-being. Peter Dubinsky will discuss how he has used MDI data to support schools and communities (both large and small) to work together to support children in the after school hours.


Can’t make it? Don’t worry! It will be available on our DiscoverMDI website a few days after the broadcast. You’ll be able to find the link here under Recorded Webinars and Online Training

Remembering Clyde Hertzman

Today we honour and remember a pioneer for children and families in BC and across Canada. We miss you Clyde. 

Wave 7 Community Profiles now available

HELP is pleased to announce the release of Early Development Instrument (EDI) Wave 7 Community Profiles.

The EDI has been used in BC since 2004 to collect information about children as they enter kindergarten on five domains of development: physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development, and communication skills.

The EDI Community Profiles highlight newly released EDI data from Wave 7 (data collected between 2016-2019) and also provide an overview of patterns and trends in early child development based on EDI data collected between 2004 and 2019 (Waves 2-7). These data are reported using children’s home postal codes and include all children who live within a school district’s boundaries. The profiles explore the short- and long-term EDI trends at the school district and neighbourhood-levels alongside provincial data intended to help communities situate local data in the broader BC context. 

New to the EDI or need refresher? Visit our EDI homepage to learn more about the Early Development Instrument. 

Find and view the EDI Community Profile Report for your area in the list of all BC communities HERE. This page also includes a link to a number of EDI maps and resources, as well ...

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January 23rd HELP Talks Webcast Recording

Thank you to everyone who attended our January HELP Talks presentation, Child Care in British Columbia: Research, Advocacy, and Commitment to System Transformation. We are pleased to share that the webcast was recorded and can be viewed HERE.

In addition, both Jane Beach and Lynell  Anderson have shared their PowerPoint slides as PDF.  Links are included in the presentation descriptions below.  


Historically, in BC, as in most of Canada, regulated child care has been in short supply, of varying quality and unaffordable for many families. Recently, however, child care in BC is undergoing a paradigm shift with the current provincial government’s commitment to developing a universal child care system for all who need or want it. For this HELP Talk, we are fortunate to have two of BC’s foremost child care experts, Jane Beach and Lynell Anderson. They will tell the story about how, through ongoing research and advocacy, we are now in the midst of substantial change in child care policy and programs in BC, with the potential for system transformation and a better life for families with young children. They will also discuss the elements necessary for a universal system, what progress has been made ...

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HELP Talks Making Space for Outdoor Play

Thursday, February 27th, 2020
9:30am to 12:00pm
In Person  Michael Smith Laboratories Lecture Theatre, Room 102
Vancouver Campus - UBC
2185 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada 
Webcast -

Play is essential to children’s health and well-being and we are excited to, once again, dive deep into this important topic this time with a focus on outdoor play.  Join us Thursday, February 27th, as we host Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter, Amber Fyfe-Johnson and Anita Bundy as they share the latest research related to the importance of children’s outdoor play for health and development and share strategies for supporting outdoor play.

Our February HELP Talks hosts are Dr. Eva Oberle, Assistant Professor, HELP, SPPH, UBC and Dr. Mariana Brussoni, Associate Professor, SPPH, Faculty of Medicine, UBC and Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, UBC.

Please RSVP and ask questions you may have to Maria Roser at

Our Guest Speakers

Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter, Professor, Department of Physical Education and Health, Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education (QMUC) in Trondheim, Norway

Developing physical outdoor environments in early childhood education and care: How to promote children ...

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Kim Schonert-Reichl returning to full-time position in the Faculty of Education

As Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl’s appointment as Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) in the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at UBC ends June 30 2020, after much reflection, Kim has decided to step down and to not pursue a second term. She has decided to return to her full-time position as a professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC. This is a part of a typical academic transition following the end of a 5-year term in an administrative role as the director or head of a UBC research or academic unit.

Kim has thoroughly enjoyed her time as the Director of HELP, particularly as she has had the privilege of working with an amazing staff and faculty at HELP and an incredible group of smart, talented, and passionate individuals from across the province who are dedicated to improving the lives of children in BC and beyond.

We are excited for Kim. She will be able to increase the time and attention she dedicates to her teaching, graduate student supervision, and to advancing the science and practice of social and emotional learning (SEL). We know that she remains committed to improving the social and emotional ...

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