Now on YouTube! (Re)-Introducing the EDI – Part 1: EDI 101 Webinar

Our August 23rd webinar,  (Re)-Introducing the EDI – Part 1: EDI 101, has been posted to the HELP YouTube channel.

HELP has spent the better part of 2016 wrapping up the final year of EDI Wave 6 data collection and analyzing new findings from patterns and trends across 16 years of data. Whether you’ve been working with EDI for a while and are in need of a quick refresher or you’ve recently started working with the EDI, please view this webinar ahead of the release of Wave 6 EDI School District/Community Profile Reports. This session provided an overview of the areas of children’s development measured by the tool, clarified the concept and meaning of child vulnerability and key issues related to interpreting and applying population health data.

Registration for the second webinar, (Re)-Introducing the EDI – Part 2: Interactive Maps and Media Outreach is now open. This webinar takes place September 21st

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: 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.

February ECD Citation list is now available

HELP’s February 2015 ECD citation list is now available. The citation list includes Early Child Development academic research publications for February 2015 and pre-prints for March and beyond. This month's list includes new research publications by HELP's affiliated scholars, Michael Kobor and Joanne Weinberg. As well, there is an Australian EDI publication and a new publication from Lucy Le Mare.

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 February PDF is located on the right hand side menu under the heading “ECD References”.

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.

New question added to the EDI

HELP is pleased to announce that a new question has been added to the Early Development Instrument questionnaire.  Question 11b) asks “Which Aboriginal language group does this student identify with?”. 

This question is about Aboriginal identity, which is grounded in land, language and culture. It is not asking whether the student speaks or understands the language. HELP is using language to understand which Aboriginal peoples the student identifies with.

HELP anticipates two potential challenges for teachers when answering this question. First, how to know which students are Aboriginal and second, which land based language groups do the students identify with, In anticipation of these challenges, HELP has produced a short video to provide some background and helpful advice when answering this question. We also encourage teachers to contact HELP’s Aboriginal Liaison Coordinator should they have additional questions.