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New article of interest! Nice kids finish first – more about kindergarten and social competence.

Researchers at Penn State and Duke examined whether kindergarten teachers’ ratings of children’s prosocial skills, an indicator of non-cognitive ability at school entry, predict key adolescent and adult outcomes. Our goal was to determine unique associations over and above other important child, family, and contextual characteristics. The results? They have found statistically significant associations between measured social-emotional skills in kindergarten and key young adult outcomes across multiple domains of education, employment, criminal activity, substance use, and mental health.

Jones DE, Greenberg M, Crowley M. Early social-emotional functioning and public health: the relationship between kindergarten social competence and future wellness. Am J Public Health. 2015:e1-e8. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2015.302630.


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

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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: Critical Difference webinar

What’s the Difference? Using Critical Difference to Understand EDI Data webinar took place on January 27th 2015.

The first in the HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar Series, this webinar focuses on change over time - known as Critical Difference - in Early Development Instrument (EDI) scores. HELP Research Methodologist Barry Forer and HELP Geospatial Technical Lead Jay Douillard provide background and important information about Critical Difference and how to calculate it. In addition, Success by 6 Provincial Director, Joseph Dunn, was on hand to offer perspectives as an Early Years Community Development practitioner in BC.


January ECD Citation List now available

HELP’s January 2015 ECD citation list is now available. The citation list includes Early Child Development academic research publications for January 2015 and pre-prints for February and beyond. This month's list includes several HELP Faculty and Affiliated Scholar papers including Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Tom Boyce and Michael Kobor. 

Our monthly citation list is also 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 ECD citation lists (from as far back as June 2011).  The January PDF is located on the right hand side menu under the heading “ECD References”.


December ECD Citation List now available

HELP’s December 2014 ECD citation list is now available. The citation list includes Early Child Development academic research publications for December 2014 and pre-prints for January 2015 and beyond. Kick off 2015 with an extensive reading list that includes articles about children's built environments, early experiences and resilience and more.

The monthly citation list has been 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 ECD citation lists (from as far back as June 2011).  The December PDF is located on the right hand side menu under the heading “ECD References”.


November ECD Citation List available

HELP’s November 2014 ECD citation list is now available. The citation list includes Early Child Development academic research publications for November 2014 and pre-prints for December and beyond.

This months list includes a new publication co-written by Kimberly Schonert-Reichl. In additon, it includes ECD and neighbourhood context research by Sharon Goldfield, Sally Brinkman et al. as well as a review on ECE and care in Canada and a review of the literature on coalitions.

The monthly citation list has been 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 ECD citation lists (from as far back as June 2011).  The November PDF is located on the right hand side menu under the heading “ECD References”.


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