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HELP to Host Pre-Conference Day at the 2024 Early Years Conference

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is pleased to offer a full day of pre-conference learning and dialogue for this year’s Early Years Conference (EYC), on February 1, 2024. With a focus on 20 years of BC early years data and research, the event will cover a wide range of topics from a diverse group of presenters and participants, including Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC) members who guide HELP’s work, community, health, and school district partners, as well as HELP faculty, staff, and students. We look forward to seeing you there!

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EYC Pre-Conference Day Agenda

Date: February 1, 2024
Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Breakfast & Registration
8:00AM — 9:00 AM

Morning Session
9:00AM — 12:30PM


  • Welcome & Introductions provided by ASC Elder Reanna Erasmus and Mariana Brussoni
  • 20 years of Child Development Monitoring System data — what are we seeing in BC?
  • What are we learning about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic about experiences and developmental health of young children and their families?
  • Early Development Instrument (EDI) data across Canada — how does BC compare?
  • BC’s early years context — challenges and opportunities

Panel Presentations with Discussion: Research Highlights

  • What are we learning from 20 years of EDI research? Hear examples of research findings from HELP faculty and researchers about the influence of poverty, early diagnosis on later outcomes, the developmental well-being of children from refugee backgrounds, and more!

Lunch & Networking
12:30PM — 1:15PM

Afternoon Session
1:15PM — 4:30PM


  • Introducing the EDI Data Dashboard

Panel Presentations with Discussion: Data in Action

  • Representatives from South Island Indigenous Authority
  • Fraser Health PACEs (Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences) Team
  • Rocky Mountain School District, Early Learning Team


  • Closing reflections from Aboriginal Steering Committee members

Featured Speakers

HELP Faculty, Students, and Staff

Aboriginal Steering Committee Members

Community Partners

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