TDI: Information for Parents & Caregivers


TDI at a Glance

What is the TDI?

The TDI is a questionnaire for parents and caregivers of children age 1-2 years that will help us understand the needs and experiences of BC families. The TDI questionnaire takes about 15 minutes to complete. Topics covered by the TDI include child health & well-being, early social experiences, caregiver well-being & context, family support and community resources. 

Completing the TDI is voluntary and all responses are confidential. Individual responses will not be made public.

Why is the TDI important?

Children’s early experiences have been shown to affect lifelong health and well-being. The purpose of the TDI is to increase our understanding of the early experiences, needs, and barriers faced by families with young children. Group-level findings from the TDI will be shared with communities and stakeholders to inform planning and action at local and regional levels. We anticipate that TDI data will contribute to building family and community resources, which, in turn, will better support the well-being of children, families, and communities.

Is the TDI voluntary?

Everyone is welcome and invited to participate in the TDI. Participating in the TDI project is voluntary and completing the TDI questionnaire is entirely up to you. You have the right to refuse to complete it. If you choose to complete it, you can stop at any time without giving a reason and without any negative impact on you or your child. You may also skip questions or respond with “prefer not to answer” on questions about your child’s experiences.

Do you live in Richmond, Revelstoke, Powell River, the Kootenays, Campbell River or Comox Valley? We want to hear from you!

We are working together with many organizations across these communities to understand what families with young children need. One of the ways we are doing this is by asking parents of toddlers (1 to 2 years old) to complete the Toddler Development Instrument (TDI). After completing the TDI, parents/caregivers may enter a draw to win a $50 gift card. All information is strictly private and is only shared as group-level information (that is, we combine the questionnaires from all families in each community).

One important goal of the TDI is to give families with young children a collective voice. To do that, it is important that as many families with toddlers fill out the questionnaire as possible so that we have a true picture of the experiences of families with young children in each community.

If you live in Richmond, Revelstoke, Powell River, the Kootenays, Campbell River or Comox Valley, you can complete the TDI questionnaire HERE or contact the TDI Research Project Coordinator for more information.