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Understanding and Supporting the Well-being of Children in Middle Childhood: Recent Data Trends from the Middle Years Development Instrument
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 27 from 3:15 to 4:15
Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) School District & Community Reports for 2019/2020 will be released the week of May 25th. Supporting the well-being of children in our schools and communities is more important now than ever before. MDI data are meant to spur conversations and support planning for children’s well-being, social and emotional learning, and resiliency in classrooms, schools, families, and communities. Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl will share the latest MDI findings, highlight some important data trends, and discuss these in the context of the current pandemic. She will also provide examples and practical strategies of how MDI data can be used at the school, school district, and community level for supporting the well-being of our children. We will be joined by special guest Gail Markin, Social Emotional Learning Support K-12 for the Langley School District. Gail will share her experience using the MDI to support child well-being in Langley and throughout BC.
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Can’t make it? Don’t worry! It will be available on our DiscoverMDI website a few days following the broadcast. The link will be posted under “Recorded Webinars and Online Training”: http://www.discovermdi.ca/connect/events-training/
Now is a time like no other for us to be focusing our attention on children’s health and well-being. The stress and disruption brought about by COVID-19 are of real concern. All children and families, but particularly those that are more vulnerable, are at risk of experiencing increased challenges. Understanding the short-term impact of COVID-19 is essential. It is also critical to continue to collect data that help us reflect and understand the long-term impacts of the pandemic on BC’s children and families.
To this end, we expect to continue to work in partnership with school districts and community partners to collect population-level data through the Toddler Development Instrument (TDI), the Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (CHEQ), Early Development Instrument (EDI), and Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). Our questionnaires provide opportunities to hear from parents and caregivers directly about their child’s experiences and their family’s challenges during this time (CHEQ), from teachers about observations of vulnerabilities for children in Kindergarten (EDI), and to hear from children themselves about their self-reported well-being and the assets in their lives that will be valuable as they navigate through this unprecedented time (MDI).
We are working closely with school districts involved in gathering data this coming school year, ensuring school district leadership and staff are well-supported. We will also dedicate our attention to supporting access to the data and reports in a timely and easy manner, and will be available to engage with schools and communities in using out data and research. We believe strongly that the data collected from our questionnaires will be critical in supporting future planning activities, policy development, and long-term adaptation and learning. They will assist in our understanding of the potentially lasting and differential impacts of this pandemic on children’s development, health, and well-being across communities in BC.
This is no small task and one we can only accomplish by working together. We want to acknowledge the essential contributions everyone is making now to ensure children and families have continuity of care and support they need during these challenging times. And we are looking forward to working closely with our school district and community partners as we not only learn more about how the pandemic has impacted children and families but how we can support initiatives that mitigate the impacts.
To HELP’s valued friends and partners,
We wanted to take a few minutes and share how HELP is adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are attempting to keep things as close to business-as-usual as we can. Currently, all of our staff and faculty are working remotely, maintaining as normal operations as possible. This week we are ensuring our teams are set up to work from home and are taking full advantage of the technology available to connect with our each other and colleagues and partners. Zoom is our new best friend! Please don’t hesitate to reach out or send an email if you have questions about any of our research, data or your reports…...or if you just want to check in. We would love to hear from you. Staying connected is a huge part of how we will come through this well.
Here are some important updates about our HELP engagement and events calendar:
HELP’s social media channels will continue as normal: the HELP blog, Twitter and Facebook feeds. All are sharing news, resources, research highlights and readings daily. Kim Schonert-Reichl is also posting to her Twitter feed daily.
The current situation is unprecedented and continues to evolve. HELP is receiving guidance from UBC and the Faculty of Medicine, in addition to the Province and our Chief Medical Health Officer, and will share updates to changes in our operations if and when they happen.
We are thinking of you all. These are challenging times for everyone across the province especially with potential loss of employment for some, the closure of schools and daycares, and the strain on our frontline workers across the health and service sectors. If there were ever a time to lean in to support each other, and children and families, it is now. We are committed to staying connected with you and supporting all initiatives that mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our children and families.
Pippa Rowcliffe, Deputy Director, HELP
We are pleased to share the recording of the MDI and After School Time: Connecting Research and Practice to Support Children’s Well-being webinar HERE.
Listen to Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dr. Eva Oberle and Peter Dubinsky, Director of Learning, School District 10 Arrow Lakes, explore using data from the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) to support children’s well-being during after and out of school time.
We are pleased to share our latest EDI resource - Community Data at Work: Exploring Patterns and Trends in the Early Years, a video that walks viewers through Wave 7 Community Profiles, highlighting key data and providing tips about how to interpret the data.
A number of EDI resources are mentioned in the video including discussion questions and examples of complementary data. We have gathered these resources together into a Video Resources – Community Data at Work document that can be found HERE. This page also includes a link to a number of EDI maps and resources, as well as the BC Early Development Instrument (EDI) Wave 7 Provincial Report, released in November 2019.
Virtual Office Hours
Do you have questions about your EDI Community Profile? Sign up for an individual video conference Virtual Office Hours. A member of HELP’s Early Years team will connect with you online using Zoom, walk through your community’s Profile with you, discuss the data and answer any questions you may have. You can always contact us with your questions but these Virtual Office Hour video conferences provide an opportunity to really dig in.
Sessions are available from March to June. They are a maximum of 45 minutes and will be guided by your questions and discussion.
To book a Video Conference, please click the link below and pick a session time that works for you. You will be prompted to provide an email and we will follow-up to confirm your session and provide the video conferencing details. We look forward to connecting with you!
Video Conference Sign-up: https://edicommunityprofileconference.setmore.com/
Your opinion is important to us.
After watching the video, please complete our very brief (3-question) EDI Community Profile Video Feedback Survey.
A warm thank you to teachers, students, school administrators, school district staff and parents for your support and contributions to both the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) during the 2019/2020 administration and collection. We could not undertake these projects without you.
Over 25,000 Grade 4 and Grade 7 students from across the country shared their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in school and in the community. By sharing information about their daily habits, feelings, relationships, and environments, we honour their voices and enable them to work with us to support their development.
This year we collected EDI results for over 20,000 children in BC. Thanks to your contribution we are learning more about how our children are doing so we can support efforts to improve the health and well-being of ALL children in BC.
In addition to completing the first year of Wave 8, we completed our seventh wave of EDI data collection and released our 2019 BC EDI Wave 7 Provincial Report, Wave 7 Community Profiles, and corresponding interactive maps. EDI data are a foundation for furthering our understanding about children’s development in our communities. While the information and data found in these reports do not point to specific solutions, they do provide a common starting point for new areas of inquiry and collaborative conversations across sectors. Please visit our EDI Reports web page to view the reports, maps and additional EDI resources.
The Middle Years Development Instrument and After School Time: Connecting Research and Practice to Support Children's Well-being
Monday, March 9 from 10:15 to 11:15
Join Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl to explore using data from the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) to support children’s well-being during after and out of school time. We will be joined by two special guests! Dr. Eva Oberle will talk about her latest research findings using MDI data to examine the connections between after school time and well-being. Peter Dubinsky will discuss how he has used MDI data to support schools and communities (both large and small) to work together to support children in the after school hours.
Can’t make it? Don’t worry! It will be available on our DiscoverMDI website a few days after the broadcast. You’ll be able to find the link here under Recorded Webinars and Online Training.
Today we honour and remember a pioneer for children and families in BC and across Canada. We miss you Clyde.
HELP is pleased to announce the release of Early Development Instrument (EDI) Wave 7 Community Profiles.
The EDI has been used in BC since 2004 to collect information about children as they enter kindergarten on five domains of development: physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development, and communication skills.
The EDI Community Profiles highlight newly released EDI data from Wave 7 (data collected between 2016-2019) and also provide an overview of patterns and trends in early child development based on EDI data collected between 2004 and 2019 (Waves 2-7). These data are reported using children’s home postal codes and include all children who live within a school district’s boundaries. The profiles explore the short- and long-term EDI trends at the school district and neighbourhood-levels alongside provincial data intended to help communities situate local data in the broader BC context.
New to the EDI or need refresher? Visit our EDI homepage to learn more about the Early Development Instrument.
Find and view the EDI Community Profile Report for your area in the list of all BC communities HERE. This page also includes a link to a number of EDI maps and resources, as well as the BC Early Development Instrument (EDI) Wave 7 Provincial Report, released in November 2019.
EDI data are a foundation for furthering our understanding about children’s development in our communities. While they do not point to specific solutions, these data provide a common starting point for new areas of inquiry and collaborative conversations across sectors. Your EDI Community Profile outlines approaches for exploring and using EDI, and our K2A team is available to provide resources and support as you work with these data in your community or school district. Please contact our Early Years K2A Lead to ask a question or start a conversation: email@example.com
HELP is building toward a busy 2020 as we will be hosting webinars and events and partnering with communities to review and unpack local-level data and research. Of note, on February 26, 2020, we will be posting a video about using the EDI Community Profiles entitled Community Data at Work: Exploring Local Patters and Trends in the Early Years. We will follow this up with weekly virtual office hours in March – stay tuned for details.
Finally, and most importantly, HELP staff and faculty are grateful to the teachers and education administrators who work directly with us to gather and use our reports. This includes a commitment to training and completing questionnaires, engaging with parents and caregivers, and using HELP’s data and research in schools, districts and communities. Our thanks also to early childhood and health professionals across the province who have played a substantial role in ensuring that our reports are circulated and used. Together we are raising awareness of the importance of the early years.
Thank you to everyone who attended our January HELP Talks presentation, Child Care in British Columbia: Research, Advocacy, and Commitment to System Transformation. We are pleased to share that the webcast was recorded and can be viewed HERE.
In addition, both Jane Beach and Lynell Anderson have shared their PowerPoint slides as PDF. Links are included in the presentation descriptions below.
Historically, in BC, as in most of Canada, regulated child care has been in short supply, of varying quality and unaffordable for many families. Recently, however, child care in BC is undergoing a paradigm shift with the current provincial government’s commitment to developing a universal child care system for all who need or want it. For this HELP Talk, we are fortunate to have two of BC’s foremost child care experts, Jane Beach and Lynell Anderson. They will tell the story about how, through ongoing research and advocacy, we are now in the midst of substantial change in child care policy and programs in BC, with the potential for system transformation and a better life for families with young children. They will also discuss the elements necessary for a universal system, what progress has been made to date and what challenges remain to be addressed.
Jane Beach, Research and Policy Consultant, Early Childhood Education and Care
Talk Title: What We Know About Effective Early Childhood Education and Care – A Context for BC (PDF)
Jane will provide a context for the provision of early childhood education and care in British Columbia and an overview of the key roles and responsibilities for the development and delivery of early childhood programs. She will discuss lessons from international reviews and approaches, key issues and major policy developments in Canada, wrapping up with considerations for a universal system of early childhood education and care.
Jane Beach is a research and policy consultant, based in Victoria. Jane has more than 40 years experience in child and family policy, with a concentration on early childhood education and care. She has worked in the child care branches of two provincial governments, in municipal government, and in both the voluntary and private sectors. Over the past 25 years, Jane’s consulting work, for government, academic institutions, community organizations and labour groups, has ranged from large-scale national and international studies on various aspects of child care policy, to local child care planning and organizational reviews.
Lynell Anderson, CPA, CGA, Public Policy Researcher and Community Engagement Specialist
Talk Title: Early Childhood Education and Care in BC – New Commitment to System Change (PDF)
Lynell will tell the story of how BC came to be one of the few provinces in Canada that is committed to - and currently implementing - universal child care (ECEC). She will share highlights of the research and advocacy strategies that built public and political support for the $10aDay Child Care Plan, and analyze the rollout of universal child care in BC in relation to the policy lessons and considerations that Jane introduced.
Drawing on 35 years of experience as a professional accountant in the private, public, voluntary and academic sectors, Lynell analyzes and utilizes financial information to promote public accountability, engage communities and advocate for evidence-informed change. Her research and advocacy activities focus on public policies that advance the rights of children, women and families, especially with respect to child care services. Lynell provides research and strategic leadership to the $10aDay Child Care Campaign. In her former role as Senior Researcher with UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership, Lynell helped establish Generation Squeeze and currently supports the organization as an Advisor.