Register Now! SPPH 581M (3): Seminar Series in Early Child Development

HELP is pleased to announce its first ever graduate level course – SPPH 581M (3): Seminar Series in Early Child Development.

There is an extensive body of evidence linking adult health with processes and experiences that occur in early childhood. Micro, meso, and macro-system influences – from cell to society – may interact to differentially impact development over the life course. In this course, we will discuss ways that the interplay of early child development, early experiences, and societal influences lays the foundation for healthy development and lifelong health.

This advanced course provides students with a unique opportunity to learn in depth about critical controversies and current research trends in early child development, from interdisciplinary, applied, cross-cultural, and ecological perspectives.  The innovative course combines monthly seminars with research retreats at one of UBC’s world-class interdisciplinary research consortia, the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP). Students will be exposed to methodological, ethical, and theoretical debates in regard to early child development research that draws from life course paradigms as well as Indigenous Knowledge approaches. The course will be co-taught by HELP faculty and affiliated experts from different disciplines and cultures. Emphasis will be placed on critically examining how current research knowledge can be mobilized ...

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Save the Date: HELP's Fall Research Expo is October 24, 2012

HELP is excited to announce the date for our 2012 Fall Research Exposition.  Please mark your calendars and join us on October 24th, 2012.

Last year’s Research Exposition connected the dots across the first 10 years of HELP’s research.  This year, we will focus on the future, highlighting emerging child development research at HELP.  We will highlight:

The full day event will comprise of a morning keynote session, hosted by Dr. Clyde Hertzman, which will explore the three research streams.  It will continue with a number of afternoon workshops on HELP research topics, offering participants an opportunity to examine the research streams in more depth, exchange ideas and build skills.

Details, including workshop topics and registration instructions, will be announced in the late summer.  In the meantime, we invite you to Save the Date.  We look forward to seeing you on October 24th.

Dr. Fraser Mustard, 1927-2011

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Fraser Mustard. Dr. Mustard was the pioneer in building an understanding of the importance of early child development in Canada and internationally. His personal impact on many HELP staff and faculty was significant and he was instrumental in supporting Clyde and others in the creation of HELP. He will be greatly missed.

Dr. Fraser Mustard, world renowned for work in early childhood development - Toronto Star, November 17, 2011

HELP launches new website

HELP is pleased to introduce our new website.  This redesign is the latest product to come out of HELP’s rebranding. It includes our new word mark and colour scheme. As well, as a result of a detailed analytics review and feedback sessions with users, it will provide improved navigation and an enhanced user experience. We have worked hard to ensure the site is engaging and content is relevant and up to date. We would appreciate your feedback. Please contact Pippa Rowcliffe with your comments or should you have any questions or concerns.

Call for HELP Community Trainers

The Human Early Learning Partnership is looking for a Community Trainer in each of the following communities:

  • School District 33: Chilliwack
  • School District 54: Bulkley Valley
  • School District 67: Okanagan – Skaha
  • School District 84: Vancouver Island West

Community Trainers are individuals who are closely linked to the ECD community through local intersectoral initiatives (often Children First or Success by 6). They are knowledgeable about the Early Development Instrument (for more information, visit: and the broader research of HELP and are interested in using the results to facilitate community engagement and ECD planning.

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