HELP is Hiring! CHEQ/EDI Coordinator

HELP is seeking a CHEQ/EDI Coordinator who will coordinate key project deliverables of the Early Child Development Program of Research in specific relation to the Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (CHEQ) and the Early Development Instrument (EDI).  The incumbent provides coordination and support for tasks related to implementation of the CHEQ and EDI such as: coordinating research and information sharing agreements; monitoring budgetary costs; participating in data collection; liaising with school districts, teachers and school personnel; participating in training webinars; monitoring electronic data collections systems; assisting with knowledge dissemination activities etc. For further information, please visit the UBC Job Careers page.

Welcome Alison Gerlach, HELP Honorary Research Associate

HELP is excited to announce Dr. Alison Gerlach as our newest Honorary Research Associate, effective July 1st.

For the past 20 years, Alison has worked in partnership with Indigenous communities, organizations and colleagues as a community occupational therapist and later a researcher on early childhood and child health policy and practices interventions related to Indigenous children’s health equity. Alison completed her PhD at UBC and her dissertation was a critical examination of how Aboriginal Infant Development Programs in BC foster family well-being and child health equity. Alison has also recently partnered with the Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC on a study funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada looking at family engagement, and is currently partnering with a non-profit organization on the Downtown Eastside on a community engagement project focused on play.

Alison was recently awarded a prestigious CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. During her tenure as an Honorary Research Associate with HELP, Alison will work with Dr. Margo Greenwood at the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, at the University of Northern British Columbia. This work will focus on generating Indigenous perspectives on early intervention therapy and their implications for how these services can be organized and ...

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HELP Reads May 2017

The May 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, Aboriginal 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 to HELP Reads, HELP's Annual Research Catalogue for 2016/2017 is also available. Our Annual Research Catalogue highlights scholarly activities and achievements of the HELP team, affiliated scholars and researchers. It is organized by topic and is designed to allow readers to identify more easily the contribution of HELP to collective child development research. The listed publications cover a variety of disciplines and topics and, in many instances, reflect new and interesting collaborations across disciplines.

These are just two of many publications and resources HELP produces. All are designed to provide you with the most up to date information related to HELP’s research as well as key child development research. Visit our Library and Resources page to learn more. 

Webinar recording now available

The In Virtual Conversation with Kim Schonert-Reichl & Greg Smyth webinar recording has been posted to HELP’s YouTube Channel.

Listen as Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and School District 70/ (Alberni) Superintendent Greg Smyth explore trends in children's health, well-being and social emotional development, as well as share stories and resources to support school districts and communities working towards promoting positive assets and well-being for children.

We have also posted Greg Smyth’s presentation as its own clip. He shares valuable insight about his district’s approach to well-being, including Alberni's well-being journey and the role the MDI has played in this journey. His is a must listen. 

Call for Membership! HELP - Aboriginal Steering Committee

The Human Early Learning Partnership’s Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC) is seeking new members. We are looking for creative and energetic individuals from BC’s North Central, North East, and South East regions, who share our common interest in improving developmental outcomes for all Aboriginal children in BC.

Aboriginal Steering Committee

The Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC) was established in 2003 to provide guidance to HELP’s research as it applies to and has program and policy implications for Aboriginal peoples.

The ASC is made up of community members of Aboriginal ancestry, including elders; members are vital to ensuring that HELP’s research has meaning for, and is consistent with, Aboriginal communities' objectives and intentions.

The ASC shares a common interest in the experiences of children in their communities, as well as HELP’s Human Development Program of Research (HDPR), which includes the toddler, early, and middle childhood years, and may expand to include youth in the future.

Requirements of ASC Members

  • Must be of Aboriginal ancestry
  • Must be available to work on ASC-related goals and activities as required
  • Commit to a two year term minimum
  • Have access to internet/email/telephone
  • Participate annually in two face-to-face meetings (2-3 days in ...

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Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Well-Being in Middle Childhood

It is with great excitement that we announce the launch of a new online tool that will support schools and communities to explore and use their data from the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). We're calling it “Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Well-Being in Middle Childhood.

The MDI obtains information about the psychological and social worlds of children during middle childhood inside and outside of school from the children themselves; allowing children’s voices to be heard and valued. It gives us insight into areas that have great significance in children’s lives, but which are not typically evaluated by other assessment tools. Yet, simply collecting these data is not enough. My goal for the MDI has always been that the data garnered from it be actionable and hence support positive change for our children in their schools, homes and communities. Over the past five years we have been working collaboratively with educators and community partners to develop this innovative resource that will provide the tools to make it relatively easy for people to use their MDI results and make positive change for children. The culmination of this work is the MDI Field Guide.   

We understand that enacting ...

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Heart Mind Index: Building on the EDI to explore Heart-Mind well-being of children in British Columbia

When: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Time: 9:30 am to noon
Location: Hertzman Boardroom, HELP Office, SPPH

Please join Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, Professor, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, Faculty of Education, and Director, Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) as she leads a discussion about the Heart Mind Index.

Developed by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, together with UBC's Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), the Heart-Mind Index provides a population-level snapshot of Heart-Mind well-being of children in British Columbia communities. The Heart-Mind Index draws on the work HELP has led for the last 14 years with the Early Development Instrument (EDI)—a population-level developmental survey that is used with kindergarten children in British Columbia every year. The Index analyzes EDI data in a new way to provide deeper and more specific indications of social and emotional development.

Co presenters include Dr. Alisa Almas, Maria LeRose and Fiona Douglas-Crampton, CEO & President of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

A complete agenda is included below. Please RSVP to

9:30 – 10:00 am: Introduction
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Professor, Director, Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health, UBC ...

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Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) - Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) and BC Children’s Hospital are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael S. Kobor has been appointed as the Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development. Dr. Kobor is a world-leading expert in the field of social epigenetics, researching how diverse early life experiences affect human development and influence children’s health, learning and behavior. 

Dr. Kobor’s chair will be co-located at the HELP, School of Population and Public Health at UBC, and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children at BC Children’s Hospital. Building on the work of Drs. Clyde Hertzman and Thomas Boyce, Dr. Kobor’s research program will expand our understanding of the mechanisms and processes by which biological embedding occurs – how experience gets “under the skin” to influence lifelong health and wellbeing. Combining the individual strengths of HELP, Sunny Hill and BC Children’s, Dr. Kobor’s vision is to create “child-sized made in BC solutions with global impact”.

Dr. Kobor and his team will map the biological trajectories of healthy child development across the population at the molecular level. This will serve as the basis to understand the distinct trajectories of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Furthermore, the ...

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Seasons Readings: HELP's Best of 2016 Book Selections

Becoming brilliant. What science tells us about raising successful children: Michnick Golinkoff R, Hirsh-Pasek K. American Psychological Association; 2016.

Contexts for young child flourishing: evolution, family, and society: Narvaez D, Braungart-Rieker JM, Miller-Graff LE, Gettler LT, Hastings PD (editors). New York, NY: Oxford; 2016.

Handbook of mindfulness in education. Integrating theory and research into practice: Schonert-Reichl KA, Roeser RW (editors). New York, NY: Springer; 2016.

Mental health and wellbeing through schools: the way forward: Shute RH, Slee PT (editors). New York: Routledge; 2016.

Let them eat dirt: saving our children from an oversanitized world: Finlay BB, Arrieta M-C. Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books; 2016.

The gardener and the carpenter: what the new science of child development tells us about the relationship between parents and children: Gopnik A. Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 2016.


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Fall Expo Webinar Recording is now available

The webcast recording for the 2016 HELP Fall Expo, held on October 19th, 2016 at UBC Robson Square, is now available.

This year’s Expo focused on EDI Wave 6 results. The webcast features an overview of the data highlights presented by HELP Deputy Director Pippa Rowcliffe as well as presentations by HELP Faculty including Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dr. Martin Guhn and Dr. Mike Kobor. Visit to explore some of the stories presented at the Fall Expo in greater depth.

Please note that the recording is over three hours long. As a result, it will take some time to download from the HELP YouTube channel.

November Child Development (CD) Citation List now available.

HELP’s November 2016 Child Development citation list is now available. The citation list includes academic research publications for August and pre-prints for September and beyond.

This month’s list includes new topic headers including Social Determinants, Social and Emotional Learning and Interventions.

In addition to these changes, we are making some exciting updates to the monthly CD Citation List and our Library web pages as a whole. Watch for an announcement in December.

Our monthly citation list is posted to the HELP Publications page of our website. This page offers direct links to key HELP researcher publications as well as links to monthly lists (from as far back as June 2011). The November PDF is located on the right hand side menu under the heading “ECD References”. 

Fall Expo Presentation Slides

Thank you for your participation in this year’s Fall Research Expo. We are pleased to provide you with a PDF version of the slides presented by Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dr. Martin Guhn and Dr. Mike Kobor during the morning keynote session. Please download the presentation here.

We continue to work on the webinar recording. I apologize for the delay in posting this but we are trying to fix a sound issue. I will share the link once it is posted.

Thank you to all who continue to make this event such a great success.

EDI BC: 2016 Provincial Report

Our EDI BC Provincial Report is now online!

The EDI BC: 2016 Provincial Report provides a comprehensive overview of the provincial trends that are emerging from over 10 years of data collection and analysis. This interactive report provides an overview of the EDI as well as easy access to five waves of data for each of the EDI scales and newly published EDI subscales data. The online report also offers a link to a comprehensive print version, complete with School District data and maps. We hope you will use this report as a valuable resource in guiding policy and program decisions.

In addition to the provincial report, we are excited to announce that Wave 6 Community Profiles are also online.

EDI Community Profiles are comprehensive reports available for all of BC's 59 School Districts. Each community profile explores and synthesizes EDI data aggregated for the School District and its associated neighbourhoods. The Community Profile report includes multiple years of EDI data, from Wave 2 (2004-2007) to Wave 6 (2013-2016), and spatially maps EDI data at a neighbourhood-level. Community Profiles also provide information on provincial-level results that are intended to help communities situate themselves in the broader provincial context. This ...

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HELP Talks: Attachment, Play and the Importance of Taking Risks

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is pleased to announce our November HELP Talks will take place on Tuesday, November 15th (9:30am-12:00pm) in the Clyde Hertzman Boardroom. Please join us for a series of presentations led by Dr. Eva Oberle, Dr. Marlene Moretti and Dr. Mariana Brussoni entitled Building Resilience in Children and Youth: Attachment, Play and the Importance of Taking Risks. A detailed agenda is included below. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.


Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Clyde Hertzman Boardroom, 4th Floor
HELP Office, SPPH Bldg 2206 East Mall
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

If you plan to attend, please send your RSVP to

9:30 – 10:00 am: Introduction: Fostering Resilience in Children
Dr. Eva Oberle, Assistant Professor, HELP, SPPH, UBC
A brief intro introduction to resilience; the role of attachment and other developmental systems connected with resilience; and the connection between attachment and risk play as a central factor that promotes “safe” risk0taking and responsible decision making.

10:00 – 10:45 am: Reducing Risk - Promoting Resilience: An Attachment Based Intervention for Caregivers of At-Risk Youth
Dr. Marlene Moretti, Professor, Psychology ...

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Register Today! EDI Subscales Webinar

Those who work with the EDI know that it measures five different aspects of children’s development. Perhaps less well known is that four of the five EDI scales can be divided into subscales – with 15 EDI subscales in total. In 2016/2017 HELP will publish – for the first time - EDI subscale data for the province, school districts and neighbourhoods. Designed for those who could not attend the Fall Expo Subscales Workshop, this webinar will allow participants the opportunity to build on their work with the EDI by focusing on the subscales. It will help participants increase their knowledge of the developmental areas measured by subscales, how they are scored and their relationship to vulnerability rates at the scale level. Participants will explore approaches to interpreting and comparing local and regional subscale data and learn techniques for working with these data in their community settings.

Register Today!

Date: Tuesday, November 22rd
Time: 3:30-4:30