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Mini Fall Expo in the Comox Valley, November 19

The Comox Valley Early Years Centre, Comox Valley Success By 6, School District #71 and the Comox Valley Child Development Association are pleased to sponsor a Mini Fall Expo, to take place on Thursday, November 19.

Please join the researchers from the Human Early Learning Partnership for an interactive day filled with emerging research into policy and practice to support child well-being. Through a mix of keynote presentations and small group sessions, participants will have an opportunity to explore the research, engage in a dialogue about its implications, and plan to act to further the child well-being initiatives in our island communities. Topics will include:

• Enriching our Understanding of Early Development Data
• Building Community Systems that work for Children and Families
• How are We Doing: A System of Monitoring Development of our Children
• Enhancing Social and Emotional Development

Registration is now open. Please click here to reserve your space.  There is a $10 registration fee, which includes lunch.

Location and Additional Information
K'omoks First Nation Band Hall
3330 Comox Road
Courtenay, BC V9N 3P8
Canada
Thursday, 19 November 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

Please contact Lynn Joseph if you have any questions.


Early Years Centres (EYC) Evaluation Report and Webinar

In the Fall of 2014, the Human Early Learning Partnership was engaged by the provincial Early Years Office to complete an early stage evaluation of the lessons learned from the first twelve Early Years Centres (EYCs) funded under the government’s Early Years Strategy. This report documents the findings from this evaluation. The lessons learned from this evaluation indicate that there are numerous strengths in the EYC approach. There are also areas for for further development and dialogue.

Please click here to read the complete evaluation report.

On Thursday, September 17, HELP Assistant Professor, Dr. Brenda Poon, hosted a webinar to explore learnings from HELP’s evaluation of B.C.’s Early Years Centres. The webinar was recorded and has been posted to HELP's YouTube channel.


HELP is the 2015 winner of the first Carol Matusicky Distinguished Service to Families Award

The BC Council for Families is pleased to announce that the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) has been selected as the 2015 winner of the first Carol Matusicky Distinguished Service to Families Award.

HELP is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network based at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia that brings together many scientific viewpoints to address complex child development issues to help children and families thrive. Using their Early Development Instrument (EDI) questionnaire and their Middle Development Instrument (MDI), HELP has collected information on the state of children’s development in BC’s schools.

“The research illustrates how different early environments and experiences contribute to social inequalities in children’s development by school age, and to their life chances,” says Joseph Dunn of Success By 6 BC, a provincial early years partnership, who nominated HELP.

Joel Kaplan, Executive Director of the BC Council for Families stated that HELP was chosen for their leadership in making child development research accessible and meaningful for planning at the provincial, regional and neighbourhood level.

Cathy Matusicky, Carol’s daughter, will present the award on behalf of the Council at their Annual General Meeting at 3:00 p ...

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Video: Children's Well-Being in their Middle Years Webinar

Thank you to all who participated in the Children's Well-Being in their Middle Years: New Research Highlights webinar, which took place on April 23rd, 2015.

The fourth and final web event in the HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar Series, this webinar focused on the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI).  Joseph Dunn, Provincial Director, Success by 6 BC, and Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Interim Director at HELP and Principal Investigator of the Middle Years Development Instrument, provided insight about the social and emotional lives of children both inside and outside of school as well as information about how to use the data to move to action.


HELP's May 2015 Roadshow: Registration Open!

HELP staff and faculty are hitting the road in May, 2015! Join us for events in Prince George, Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kelowna.

Prince George:  May 11-12
Prince Rupert:   May 12
Terrace:                May 13
Kelowna:             May 14-15

HELP researchers and staff will focus on HELP’s work exploring ‘the differences that make a difference’ in children’s development. Roadshow events are your opportunity to learn more about population-level data collection in BC using both the Early and Middle Years Development Instruments (EDI and MDI). In addition, presentations will focus on what we have learned about children’s development and the impacts this knowledge has had, the importance of middle childhood and social-emotional learning, and early screening initiatives in BC communities.

All events are FREE to attend and open to the public.

 

This Roadshow continues the legacy of HELP's founding director, Dr. Clyde Hertzman, who focused on working closely with communities across B.C. to increase collaborative efforts toward positive change for children and families. The events for each city were planned in close consultation with local school district and community partners and are being coordinated with support from Success By 6 BC.

 

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Register now! Winter Webinar Series – Webinar #4

Join us on April 23rd for the final webinar in the HELP and Success by 6 BC Winter Webinar Series: Research to Action. Designed to move human development research conducted by HELP into action in communities across the province, this series has explored a variety of ways to use and apply HELP’s research, and related resources and tools, to assist in early years planning activities.

Children's Well-Being in their Middle Years: New Research Highlights

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 – Time: 3:00PM to 4:00PM

Presenter: Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a scientifically validated self-report survey for 4th and 7th grade students that gathers important information on the social and emotional lives of children both inside and outside of school – providing actionable results on five dimensions of well-being strongly linked to health and academic achievement.  To date, 26 school districts across BC have participated in the MDI project providing valuable information about the social and emotional lives of over 33,000 students in BC. Many school districts have participated in the MDI over multiple years to track the well-being and challenges faced by their students over time.  Please join us on April 23 ...

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Video: SES Index Webinar

Exploring HELP’s Socio-economic Status Index webinar took place on April 2nd, 2015.

The third in the HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar Series, this webinar focused on some of HELP’s latest supporting research - our Socio-economic Status (SES) Index.  Joseph Dunn, Provincial Director, Success by 6 BC, and Barry Forer, HELP Research Methodologist, explained what the SES Index is and how we can use it to study gradients in childhood vulnerability. This webinar explores regional differences and identifies some off-diagonal communities – those unusual neighbourhoods that are doing worse or better than the Index predicts.


We are coming! Save the Date

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) Researchers and Staff will soon be headed to a city near you to share our research related to the Early Development Instrument (EDI), the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) and Social Emotional Learning. Together we will explore how best to use research to create positive social change in your community. Events in all 4 cities are being planned in partnership with Success By 6. Join us in...

Prince George May 11-12, 2015

Prince Rupert May 12, 2015

Terrace May 13, 2015    JUST ADDED

Kelowna May 14-15, 2015

The schedule and program of events for each city is still in development. Stay tuned for more information and registration links. We look forward to seeing you there.


SOLD OUT! Registration now open for the April 2 Success by Six and HELP Webinar

Registration is full!

Join us on April 2nd for the third of four webinars in the HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar Series: Research to Action. Designed to move human development research conducted by HELP into action in communities across the province, this series will explore ways to use and apply HELP’s research, and related resources and tools, to assist in early years planning activities.

Exploring HELP’s Socio-economic Status Index
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015 – Time: 1:00PM to 2:30PM
In the most recent wave of EDI results across BC, the percentage of neighbourhood children who are vulnerable on one or more scales ranges from 4% to 56%. What accounts for such large differences across BC neighbourhoods? Does it relate to varying rates of poverty or education or housing costs or occupations or family structure or other socioeconomic/demographic factors? This webinar will explain how we look at all of these potential influences, using data from the Census, and determine the most important ones. We call this the HELP Socio-economic Status (SES) Index. Join Joseph Dunn, Provincial Director, Success by 6 BC, and Barry Forer, HELP Research Methodologist, to find out how we use the SES ...

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Video: Bringing Knowledge Full Circle Webinar

Bringing Knowledge Full Circle: Aboriginal Children’s EDI Data and Community Stories webinar took place on February 26th, 2015.

The second in the HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar Series, this webinar showcased HELP’s Aboriginal-specific EDI data holdings.  Joseph Dunn, Provincial Director, Success by 6 BC, and Kim Bayer, HELP's Aboriginal Community Liaison Coordinator,  shared information about HELP's Aboriginal data, the role of the HELP Aboriginal Steering Committee is supporting this work, and how Aboriginal Early Years Tables across the province are working with this research data to support community planning.


Register now for February HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar

Join us on February 26th for the second of four webinars in the HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar Series: Research to Action. Designed to move human development research conducted by HELP into action in communities across the province, this series will explore ways to use and apply HELP’s research, and related resources and tools, to assist in early years planning activities.

Bringing Knowledge Full Circle: Aboriginal Children’s EDI Data and Community Stories
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 – Time: 1:00PM to 2:30PM
This month’s webinar - Bringing Knowledge Full Circle: Aboriginal Children’s EDI Data and Community Stories - will showcase HELP’s Aboriginal-specific EDI data holdings. Joseph Dunn, Provincial Director, Success by 6 BC, and Kim Bayer, HELP's Aboriginal Community Liaison Coordinator, will share information about HELP's Aboriginal data, the role of the HELP Aboriginal Steering Committee is supporting this work, and how Aboriginal Early Years Tables across the province are working with this research data to support community planning.

Register now!
Please Note - Space is limited and registration is required for this free webinar. Participants will receive an email with details for accessing the webinar following registration and confirmation.

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This year's EDI Newsletter now online

The 2014-2015 EDI Newsletter is now online. The newsletter provides an overview of the EDI project, what we are learning from the data and why the early years matter. It offers an excellent introduction to the project for those unfamiliar.


In memory of Carol Matusicky

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Carol Matusicky passed away peacefully and in the presence of her family on December 5, 2014.

Carol was a prominent champion for children and families, working tirelessly to promote the needs of families both provincially and nationally. Her knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm, coupled with her genuine kindness and respect, will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts are with Carol’s family.


Special Seminar: Dr. Megan Gunnar

"Stress, Relationships and Development: What we Know and What we Still Need to Learn"
 
Dr. Megan Gunnar
Regents Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
Hosted by Michael Kobor

Child and Family Research Institute
950 West 28 Ave
Room 2108
Friday, October 25
9:30am-10:30am


Heart-Mind Summit with the Dalai Lama

HELP is pleased to share links to the Vancouver Sun series featuring the Dalai Lama’s visit to Vancouver.

His Holiness’ visit will focus on heart-mind well-being in children and youth in British Columbia. Central to our understanding of heart-mind well-being is the Heart-Mind Index, a research tool developed by the Dalai Lama Centre in collaboration with HELP.  

Stay tuned as more information about the Dalai Lama's Be the Village visit and heart-mind well-being will be posted to the HELP blog throughout the week.

Vancouver Sun Articles

The Dalai Lama Center aims to give communities the tools to educate the hearts of the next generation

B.C. schools focus on educating hearts

An ounce of prevention ... The Dalai Lama’s Heart-Mind Index

Dalai Lama brings message of compassion to Vancouver school

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House takes the Dalai Lama Center’s teachings to heart

 


Be the Village: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama Vancouver 2014

On October 21, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama returns to Vancouver to engage and inspire prominent thought leaders from business, education and the community to ‘be the village’ to expand a focus on heart-mind well-being in children and youth in British Columbia.

During his previous visits to Vancouver, the Dalai Lama challenged British Columbians to advance heart-mind learning in children and youth. Heart-Mind learning has been proven to not only improve the well-being of children, but it also improves academic performance.

Since then, the Dalai Lama Center has become a strong voice in promoting “education of the heart” which results in more peaceful, secure, engaged, and compassionate children. And British Columbia has become a global leader in incorporating heart-mind learning into school curriculum.

We are pleased to note that Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl will participate on the panel with the Dalai Lama.

Please visit The Dalai Lama Center website to learn more and to buy tickets.


HELP’s ASC Elder Jessie Nyberg co-authors award winning research paper

Jessie Nyberg, Shuswap Elder and HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee Elder, contributed to a paper that has won the Award for Excellence from the International Journal of Health and Wellness.

Donna Kurtz, lead researcher of this paper and associate professor of nursing at UBC’s Okanagan campus, along with Jessie, doctoral supervisor de Sales Turner, and Diana Moar, of the Berens River First Nation, submitted the research paper Social Justice and Health Equality: Urban Aboriginal Women’s Action for Health Reform. It was selected from among the 10 highest-ranked peer-reviewed papers for the top international award. Kurtz, Aboriginal liaison with the Faculty of Health and Social Development at UBC’s Okanagan campus, says the award is an honour and a surprise.

Congratulations Jessie, Donna, de Sales and Diana.

Please visit UBC Okanagan News for more information about this award.


When children do well, we all do well: Insight from the CPHA Conference Hertzman Dialogue Session

HELP, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH) organized a panel session entitled The early years - Health Equity from the Start at Public Health 2014, the Annual Conference of the Canadian Public Health Association, which took place from May 26-29th, 2014 in Toronto. The session was one of several events planned this year in memory of Clyde Hertzman as part of New Frontiers in Population Health toward Equity from the Start: Dialogues inspired by Clyde Hertzman. The information below is the final article from this session.

Jean Clinton, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

Dr. Clinton grounded her presentation in Dr. Hertzman’s work for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health Report, “Closing the Gap in a Generation,” Chapter 5 “Equity from the Start,” and expressed the need to invest in upstream interventions that promote early childhood development (ECD), as the evidence suggests ECD is itself a determinant of health. She discussed the concepts of biological embedding and monitoring and measurement.

Biological embedding refers to the activation or silencing of gene expression based on early life experiences that persist ...

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Call for presentations for the Children the Heart of the Matter Conference 2015

The Call for Presentations for the Children the Heart of the Matter Conference 2015 is now open. If you are interested in submitting a proposal please view this document for details. The deadline for submissions is May 23, 2014. If you have any questions please respond to chom@options.bc.ca.


HELP’s International Scholar Public Lecture Series kicks off March 4!

Join us for Dr. Ilina Singh’s presentation entitled Self-Control and Moral Experience: Children’s perspectives on ADHD behaviors and stimulant drug treatments

Date: March 4, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Lecture Theater (Rm 102), Michael Smith Laboratories
The University of British Columbia
#301 - 2185 East Mall
Vancouver,BC V6T 1Z4
Canada

The use of stimulant drugs to treat Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been hotly debated for decades. A wide range of stakeholders has contributed to these debates, but there has been no systematic research effort to investigate the perspectives of children. This talk reports on findings from the Wellcome Trust-funded VOICES study (Voices on Identity, Childhood, Ethics & Stimulants: Children join the debate). Using a mixed-methods, empirical ethics approach, we interviewed over 150 young people, ages 9-14, in the US and the UK to examine their perspectives on ADHD-type behaviors; drug and non-drug interventions; and moral concerns such as personal responsibility, authenticity and moral agency.

Dr. Singh will outline two distinctive ecological niches (Bronfenbrenner, 1979) described in the study: a performance niche and a conduct niche. Niche conditions make a difference to how children perceive and enact ADHD behaviors; how they experience the effects ...

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Register now for the Brain Development & Learning: Making Sense of the Science conference.

Join us for the 4th conference in a series dedicated to truly making a difference – the Brain Development & Learning: Making Sense of the Science conference.
 
Date:   July 24-28, 2013
Location: Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC                    
 
A conference for all those trying to do their best with children, wishing they had more guidance, wishing they knew more about what the research says are best practices.

Learn about innovative evidence-based programs and ground-breaking, mind-changing discoveries in neuroscience, mental health, & child development presented with clarity and enthusiasm by the famous people who made the advances. Learn about the latest research on how to help children:
           • start school on the right trajectory
           • flourish despite developmental disorders, motor challenges, or blindness
           • nurture empathy and compassion within themselves
           • heal from trauma and manage ongoing stresses in their lives
           • thrive socially, emotionally, and cognitively.

Continuing education credits are provided in many fields, & Scholarships are available. Save money! Register before February 16th to receive the early bird discount.

For more information please visit the Conference Website and the Conference Brochure.

Online Registrationwww.interprofessional.ubc.ca/bdl2013

 


Save the Date! Cities Fit for Children will take place in November.

Mark your calendars. The Cities Fit for Children Conference will take place November 21-23, 2013 in Surrey, BC. More information will be available soon.


ECMap Early Winter Newsletter now available

Inside the ECMap Steps Early Winter 2012 newsletter:

  • Alberta coalitions gather for first provincial meeting
  • Slow pace is better for kids, best-selling author says
  • Coalition members share their views
  • Two- to five-hour commutes all in a day's work
  • Guidebook for coalitions

Steps, the ECMap Newsletter, appears five times a year and provides project updates and news and information related to the Early Child Development Mapping Project Alberta.


The 11th Annual Assessment Workshop to take place May 2, 2013.

The date for the 11th Annual Assessment Workshop has been set for Thursday, May 2, 2013.

This year’s workshop theme is “Start Early, Go Far: Early Assessment Leads to Understanding and Inclusive Communities.” Keynote presentations will be made by Dr. Charlotte Waddell and Dr. Martin Guhn. In addition, workshops will explore the importance of early identification of learning difficulties, autism and other developmental conditions. Presenters will also demonstrate how early identification can lead to better parent/child relationships, increased acceptance and inclusive communities for all children. Workshop presenters will cover a variety of topics on the theme of "Start Early Go Far."

Registration programs will be available in early January, 2013.  Please contact info@eventability.org to receive your copy contact.


HELP's Fall Research Expo 2012 Event Summary

Thank you for participating in HELP’s Fall Research Exposition 2012. The day was a great success and we are already planning next year’s event.

This post is intended to provide you with links to the keynote videos as well as access to some additional resources. 

Video Recordings

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

Dr. Martin Guhn

Dr. Ziba Vaghri

Event Photos

We have posted a selection of pictures from this event on HELP's Flickr Page. If you would like to receive a copy of a particular image for your own personal use, please send your request to help.events@ubc.ca.

HELP Communication Materials

HELP's Fact Sheets, Research Briefs, and other communications materials are available for download from our Documents Library.

 


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