How are the kids?

The latest Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) Data Highlights and Trends Report is now available. How are the kids? Children’s Perspectives on their Health, Well-Being and Assets both Before and During a Global Pandemic through the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) in British Columbia, Canada, provides information about key results emerging from BC school districts that participated in the MDI in 2020/2021. 

This year’s report spotlights MDI data collected earlier this year from over 38,000 children in grade 4 through 8 in British Columbia, with comparisons to MDI data collected in past years in order to shed light on children’s well-being over time both before and during the current pandemic.

MDI data represent one of the most comprehensive population-based datasets about children in the middle years and early adolescence over time in Canada, providing information from the perspectives of children on their social and emotional competence, mental and physical health, and well-being, as well the assets in their lives, including connectedness to adults and peers, nutrition and sleep, and use of time after school. The information shared in this report is invaluable to educators, parents, and service providers as they continue to work through challenging circumstances to create safe and caring environments for children to learn and connect through this time of uncertainty.