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Our August ECD citation list now available!

Read all about it! HELP’s August 2015 ECD citation list is now available. The citation list includes Early Child Development academic research publications for August and pre-prints for September and beyond.                    

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


Latest MDI Reports are now available!

HELP is excited to announce that the latest Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) reports are now available. To date, over 33,000 grade 4 and grade 7 students in BC have completed the MDI, providing invaluable insight into the thoughts, feelings and experiences of children both inside and outside of school.

This year’s reports include an expanded set of results which include comparisons to the average of all participating school districts. These are exciting new changes that will offer increased value and new insights. Another new addition this year is A Guide to Understanding your MDI Results, which includes definitions of terms used, a detailed explanation of scoring and a list of academic literature related to child well-being.

To view the reports, please visit the MDI Maps & Data page. Please don't hesitate to contact Jennifer Fox if you have any questions about the MDI or your reports. As well, we would love to hear from you. What do you like about the new reports? What don't you like? What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.


Read all about it! May citation list now online

HELP’s May 2015 ECD citation list is now available. The citation list includes Early Child Development academic research publications for May and pre-prints for this month and beyond.

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


April ECD citation list is online

HELP’s April 2015 ECD citation list is now available. The citation list includes Early Child Development academic research publications for April 2015 and pre-prints for May and beyond.

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


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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March ECD Citation list is now available

HELP’s March 2015 ECD citation list is now available. The citation list includes Early Child Development academic research publications for March 2015 and pre-prints for April and beyond. This month's list includes new research publications by HELP's affiliated scholar Tom Boyce as well as a chapter written by HELP Research Associate, Constance Milbrath.

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


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”.


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”.


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.


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”.


Making Critical Difference easier to calculate

When exploring trends in children’s development, the broad question that we want to answer is: “Are our kindergarten-aged children doing better, worse, or about the same as in the past?”  HELP has developed a method that communities and stakeholder groups can use to make informed judgments about change over time in EDI scores. The method that HELP has used to examine ‘change over time’ is described in the literature as Critical Difference.

HELP has developed some new tools in an effort to make calculating Critical Difference easier. First, we have created the Critical Difference Calculator, a tool that will help with interpreting change over time and differences between EDI scores in the BC context.  The calculator is easy to use – simply enter the values for each place or time and click on the Calculate button. The result will calculate automatically.

We have also developed new interactive maps of neighbourhood Critical Difference for each school district. Maps can be found here. Simply choose your school district and then click on the Critical Difference Map link found under the EDI Mapsets header.

For more information about Critical Difference and these new tools, please visit the Understanding Critical Difference webpage.


October ECD citation list now available

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

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


HELP's September 2014 ECD citation list

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

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


New Information Sheet from CEECD/SKC-ECD

The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development has a new information sheet – ADHD: Helping your child to pay attention. The information sheet outlines information about what we know about ADHD and what can be done to assist children with learning to pay attention.

This information sheet is a publication of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) and the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development (SKC-ECD). These organizations identify and summarize the best scientific work on early childhood development. They disseminate this knowledge to a variety of audiences in formats and languages adapted to their needs.

For a more in-depth understanding of ADHD, consult our synthesis and experts’ articles on this topic in the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, available free of charge at www.child-encyclopedia.com.


New HELP Faculty publication of interest

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, collaborating with UBC colleagues Mari Pighini, Hillel Goelman and Marla Buchanan, and Dana Brynelsen of the Infant Development Program of BC, has co-authored a new paper in the International Journal of Psychology.

Entitled Learning from parents' stories about what works in early intervention, the paper outlines new research about improving the quality of early intervention services. Specifically, the researchers argue that family-centred practices (FCP) in early intervention (EI) services are the preferred approach for parents of developmentally at-risk children. This is because FCP support these parents in leading EI services for their children.

Click here to view the article.


Presentation slide decks now available

HELP is pleased to provide a selection of presentation slide decks for your use. The decks include slides commonly used by HELP Faculty and staff during community presentations. They offer a foundational understanding of the EDI and the MDI as well as the Importance of Early Child Development, the Total Environmental Assessment Model of ECD (TEAM-ECD) and Proportionate Universality. 

Presentation Slide Library decks

 Each slide deck is available in three formats: single slide page PDF; standard 4:3 aspect ratio Microsoft PowerPoint file; and widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio Microsoft PowerPoint file. All formats include notes.

We hope you find these presentation slides useful. We will be developing and uploading more slides throughout the year.  If you have any feedback and comments about these slides, or wish to see slides about a particular topic, please contact Jeremy Alexander, one of HELP’s talented Cartographer/GIS Technicians and our PowerPoint Presentation Expert. He would be happy to assist.


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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November 2012 ECD citation list

HELP’s November 2012 ECD citation list is now available. The citation list includes Early Child Development academic research publications for November 2012 and pre-prints for January and beyond.

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”.


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.


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.

 


Early Childhood Rights Indicators website now live

In celebration of Universal Children's Day 2012, the Human Early Learning Partnership, along with our national and international partners, is pleased to announce the launch of a new website on implementing child rights globally - the Early Childhood Rights Indicators website. The site introduces a survey tool the purpose of which is to assist States parties in monitoring advances made in implementing child rights in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Please visit the site to learn more about the tool and how it is essential to the realization of child rights. In the spirit of marking Universal Children's Day we hope your visit to the website leads to a renewed commitment on the part of all duty bearers to respect and protect the rights of children, everywhere.

 


RSC and CAHS Expert Panel on Early Childhood Development releases report outlining importance of early years

In an effort to advance public discussion on the role of early adversity in shaping adolescence and young adulthood, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) gathered an Expert Panel on Early Childhood Development. The Panel, chaired by Prof. Michel Boivin, FRSC, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Child Development, at Université Laval, and Dr. Clyde Hertzman, FRSC, Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership and Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at The University of British Columbia, was mandated to consider a large body of scientific evidence that, if summarized for the public, would be helpful to their consideration of the issues surrounding early childhood development.

The Expert Panel is pleased to announce the release of its report, The Royal Society of Canada & The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Expert Panel: Early Childhood Development, outlining an emerging science, which integrates genetics, epigenetics, neuroscience and developmental science, and that will transform our knowledge of early development by providing a deeper understanding of how the environment and biology jointly influence development over the life course.

The report is a consensus document based on the following two questions:

1. Are there identifiable ...

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