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EDI Data DashboardAn interactive online tool for exploring patterns and trends in EDI data collected over a 20-year period.
EDI Wave 8The Provincial Synthesis for Wave 8 (data collected 2019-2022) marks 20 years of EDI data collection in BC setting the stage for more analysis and research to come.
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Cross-Sector Collaborations Create Early Years Programming to Support Rocky Mountain Transitions into Kindergarten
Learn about how Child Development Monitoring System data are useful sources of information to support cross-sector early learning discussions and partnerships.
BC Children’s Hospital is launching a new online Outdoor Play and Learning tool today, to help parents, caregivers and educators gain the skills and confidence to support outdoor play and learning in elementary schools from kindergarten through Grade 7.
Over the past two decades, the Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC) at HELP has continued to support a deeper understanding of the social, environmental, and cultural determinants of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis children’s health and wellbeing.
Join Dr. Eva Oberle, scientific lead for the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI), and others from the MDI team, as they share highlights from the latest MDI data collection (2022-23 school year) from over 47,000 children in grades 4 through 8 in BC.
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Sando OJ, Sandseter EBH, Brussoni M.
This study provides valuable insights into the positive relationship between children’s engagement in play, their use of objects, and their deep-level learning in early childhood education and care (ECEC) institutions.
Anxiety symptoms, psychological distress, and optimism in school staff: Testing associations with stressors and coping during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic
This is the first theory-driven empirical study, to our knowledge, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of factors associated with mental health outcomes in school staff who maintained in-person learning for the full academic school year during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We do it anyway”: Professional identities of teachers who enact risky play as a framework for Education Outdoors
This study offers insight into the funds of knowledge, dispositions, and professional identities of elementary school teachers who embrace risky play as a pedagogical practice and how they navigate systemic challenges unique to education outdoors.
Experiencing connectedness with peers and adults is critical for the mental well-being in early adolescence. Providing opportunities to connect is important in the context of major societal challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Physical environment features that predict outdoor active play can be measured using Google Street View images
International Journal of Health Geographics
Boyes, R., Pickett, W., Janssen, I., Brussoni, M. et al.
This method provides a potential automated data source for the development of prediction models for a variety of physical and social environment features using publicly accessible street view images.