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Registration is closed for Collaborative Action: A National Symposium for Child Well-being in the Middle Years. Thank you to everyone who registered. Response to this event has been phenomenal and we look forward to hosting you August 20th & 21st.
Please don't hesitate to contact Amy Mullis if you have any questions in advance of your travels.
We wanted to be in touch following the recent formal communication from the Minister of Child and Family Development on June 12, 2018 regarding the redirection of early years funding for the Success by 6 and Children First initiatives, toward services for young children and families, that will occur on March 31, 2019.
We recognize the courage of the Office of the Early Years in taking action to address the complexity in Early Years coordination funding. Their initiative to embed early years capacity within the public service is an important step in this direction and in supporting child well-being more generally.
It is clear that, in the coming year, there will be some substantial changes in early years structures across the Province. We can imagine how challenging this may be for the many people who will be impacted by the change. As we move forward, we will continue to support early years community partners to maintain and grow momentum in their collective action for improving the well-being of children and families in BC. We are committed to this.
The impending changes will require HELP to substantially rethink our EDI (and MDI) Trainer Networks and the networks of partners and colleagues with whom we work to support early years data collection, reporting and community engagement. We will be designing a renewed community engagement structure and approach that adapts to the new context, one that maintains the approaches that HELP has traditionally used:
Over the next few months, we will be taking some time to be reflective and careful in the redesign of our community engagement platform. And we will be sure to reach out and connect with as many partners as possible about our emerging ideas. Thank you for your commitment to improving the well-being of children and families. And thank you for working in partnership with us over many years.
May 25th was an exciting day for everyone at HELP as Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and a number of HELPers hosted twenty-five Grade 6 and 7 students from Sir James Douglas Elementary School for the first ever MDI Kids Advisory Group.
“I have been wanting to host a Kids Advisory Group since the MDI was first started,” Kim shared with the students. “Thank you for making my dreams come true.”
Students were divided into four teams and rotated through stations based on specific components of the MDI: Well-being, Important Adults, Nutrition and Sleep and After-school Time. The stations were designed to generate feedback and encourage students to share their thoughts on current MDI findings as well as their insights regarding key themes of the MDI. Through this, the team was able to learn how students viewed their own and their peers’ experiences in middle childhood. Above all, this special opportunity has reinvigorated HELP’s core passion of respecting children’s voices.
A big thank you to Sean Smith and his class for participating. We can’t wait to host another session next year.
How children spend their after-school hours contributes significantly to their overall well-being. The Middle Years Development Instrument lets children tell us how they currently fill these hours, what activities they want to engage in, and which barriers stand in their way.
Join HELP Director Kim Schonert-Reichl for a live webinar on June 12 where she'll reveal our latest analysis of MDI data regarding out-of-school time in the Lower Mainland. This webinar will also feature a special guest to share on-the-ground experiences of supporting thriving after school.
This webinar is open to anyone across Canada with an interest in the research, policy and practice supporting out-of-school time for children. Register today!
How are our children doing right now, and how is this changing over time? The MDI tells us so much, but what else is there to learn? Who can we learn it from? How can we be more effective in our goals of enhancing children’s social and emotional wellbeing?
We think the time to answer these questions is now!
Register today for Collaborative Action: A National Symposium for Child Well-being in the Middle Years and help us answer them.
This special, two day HELP event – hosted at the University of British Columbia August 20 & 21, 2018 – is designed to inspire, motivate and strengthen participant’s leadership skills by focusing on child well-being through a systems-thinking lens.
We are excited to gather together leaders in the field of child well-being from across Canada including Dr. Jean Clinton, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behaviourals Neurosciences, McMaster University, Dr. Mark T. Greenberg, Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Penn State, Dr. Michael Ungar, Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, and our own Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl.
We are also excited to share that we have added Author, International Speaker and Consultant Monique Gray Smith, Superintendent of Schools with the Vancouver School District, Suzanne Hoffman, award-winning television producer and interviewer, and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, Maria LeRose, Max Bell Foundation Senior Policy Fellow and Executive Director of the Comox Valley Child Development Association, Joanne Schroeder and Tracy Smyth, owner and consultant with Ready to Raise and Senior Editor for Heart-Mind Online with the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace + Education, to our incredible line up.
DAY ONE DAY TWO
Day One - Monday, August 20th - focuses on Child Social and Emotional Well-being, generally, providing current research and information about initiatives to promote child well-being, with a particular focus on the middle childhood years.
Day Two - Tuesday August 21st - takes a practical focus, with an interactive workshop demonstrating strategies and tools for using data from the MDI and other sources, as a basis for local decision-making and engagement for child well-being.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
• Professionals and practitioners whose focus is in whole or part on middle childhood and who are dedicated to promoting child well-being;
• Researchers interested in child development, and social-emotional well-being in middle childhood;
• Those with some interest in and/or familiarity with the MDI who may have experience of working with MDI data; or who may have an intention to start using MDI Data in cross-sectoral local decision making.
• Those from various levels of government (municipalities, school boards, provincial ministries concerned with child well-being, etc.) to familiarize themselves with the national landscape of child well-being and current initiatives; and
• Those who come from locations implementing MDI in British Columbia, The Northwest Territories, and MDI National sites, as well as those who have advised us on the MDI National Scale-out Project 2015-2018.
Information to date, including schedule overview, registration fees, registration link and location, can be found HERE.
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Jessie Nyberg has retired as Elder of HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee. It has been such an honour to work with her over the years and we will miss her wisdom and leadership greatly.
Jessie has been a member of our Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC) for over fifteen years. Recruited by Clyde himself, she has been an integral member of HELP from the beginning. Her commitment and dedication have been awe-inspiring. She has brought her passion for cultural safety to all of HELP’s research tools, implementation, and knowledge translation. Her care for all Indigenous children and families has inspired us, and she has always reminded us that many are living away from their home communities in urban areas. Her knowledge has helped to guide HELP to where we are today.
In addition to her role as the ASC’s Elder, Jessie has previously been involved with the Vernon First Nations Friendship Centre, School District 22’s Targeted Funds Committee, the Okanagan Aboriginal Health Research Action Group, the Vernon Urban Elders Group, and the First Nations Health Curriculum Advisory Council of UBC Okanagan. Jessie is currently on the board of directors for the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, is an Elder for Suxkenxitelx kl cecamala, Aboriginal Early Years Table (Kelowna), an Elder advisor for a UBCO research project on diabetes and obesity in Urban Aboriginal Peoples, and an Adjunct Professor at UBCO.
Jessie received the BC Aboriginal Childcare Society’s Aboriginal Child Care Award (2007). She was instrumental in the development of a Primary Care Centre in Vernon and is co-author of Silencing of Voice, an Act of Structural Violence, which was published in NAHO’s Journal of Health (2008). In 2012 she was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to and advocacy for Urban Aboriginal People. In 2014, along with colleagues at UBCO, she won the International Journal of Health and Wellness Award for Excellence for research about social justice and health equality for Aboriginal women. In 2015, she co-published Herstory a book on survivors of Residential School – in their own words.
On behalf of everyone at HELP, thank you Jessie for all of your years of service and for your inspiration toward a better world for children - not just at HELP but across the province and across the country. Your knowledge and passion around building stronger families and communities has been deeply appreciated by us all. You will be missed.
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Director
Pippa Rowcliffe, Deputy Director
The Human Early Learning Partnership is pleased to announce the selection of three BC communities to participate in the “Growing Systems Leadership Initiative”. The successful communities are Gold River, Prince George and Surrey. The communities were selected following an extensive application process. Participants from these three communities represent a variety of public and non-profit organizations that providing services to young children and families. Coming together, they will participate in an intensive training program that aims to strengthen capacity in compassionate leadership and systems thinking. The project is funded by the Max Bell Foundation.
The path to healthy development for children in Canadian society is becoming increasingly complicated, and there are reasons to be concerned. For too many of our children, the path to a healthy adulthood has become broken. The systems we have designed to support Canadian children and families are simply not doing an effective job and in many communities our young people are in crisis.
There is not at present an integrated system for children, nor are there mechanisms that effectively bridge the distinct systems that serve children and families. Our challenge is to create a system that reflects children’s developmental needs and provides seamless care from birth to school entry by weaving existing systems together more effectively.
An intensive, first of its kind, training opportunity for intersectoral groups working on improving outcomes for young children. The training aims to strengthen capacity in compassionate leadership and systems thinking. Participants will be better prepared to work together towards change, as well as gaining a deeper sense of personal meaning in their work.
The training approach draws on the belief that effective leadership requires shifts in how each individual leader, thinks, feels and behaves. It draws from a foundation of building skills in complex systems thinking and in enhancing the social and emotional learning of individuals. It aims to build compassionate leaders who can think and act systemically and who have a collective commitment to change.
The training will be a mix of in community sessions, personal reflection and continuous coaching.
Host Organization and Trainers
The Systems Leadership Centre for Children (SLC2) is an emerging hub here at HELP. Housed at the University of British Columbia, HELP is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network committed to partnering with communities to improve outcomes for children. Their internationally renowned research explores how different early environments and experiences contribute to inequalities in children’s development. SLC2 will be a hub for research, training, coaching, tools and hands on assistance to strengthen systems leadership.
The concept of SLC2 has emerged from the collective work of many at the Human Early Learning Partnership and in the communities of British Columbia over the past two decades. The pioneering work of Dr. Clyde Hertzman has been the inspiration to imagine a better life for all children.
The lead for the project is HELP’s Senior Policy Fellow, Joanne Schroeder. Ms. Schroeder will be joined by HELP’s Deputy Director, Pippa Rowcliffe as the capacity building work unfolds in communities. The work will draw on the depth of expertise across HELP, in child development research, community capacity building and knowledge translation.
Questions should be directed to Joanne Schroeder, 250-702-0534 or email@example.com
MDI School District & Community Reports for 2017/18 participating districts are now online. These reports provide a comprehensive overview of MDI results for your school district, and profiles and maps for each neighbourhood in your district. Reports are easily accessible and shareable via our website.
We encourage you to explore your School District & Community Reports alongside our companion resource, Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Promoting Well-Being in Middle Childhood. This online resource provides a supported, step-by-step journey that will help you gain familiarity with the MDI measures, make sense of your MDI data and guide approaches to building dialogue and action within school communities. In the Field Guide you’ll find:
Register today for our May 23rd ‘Data is Meant to be Shared: Making the most of the 2017-18 MDI School District and Community Reports’ webinar. Designed to support districts and communities in exploring MDI data, this interactive webinar will provide brief overview of report access and structure, share our best tips for sharing the data with partners and colleagues, and feature two special guests whose stories highlight the impact of sharing MDI data. Register Today.
Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl and the MDI team would like to extend its warmest appreciation to the students, teachers and administrators who made this project possible. Your district has participated in the largest year of the MDI project to date with 29 school districts and over 28,000 children in BC contributing to this project. Thank you! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any support with your MDI Reports or Discover MDI.
We are saddened to share that a spirited friend and colleague, Angelo Lam, passed away in April 2018. Angelo is remembered by HELP faculty and staff for his generous and kind nature, optimistic spirit and commitment to building a better world for children. He has been a leader in advocating for children’s rights and a catalyst for community development in the Tri-Cities region for many years.
Angelo has also been a champion of the MDI since the early days of the project. His worked has contributed to an increased awareness of the importance of middle childhood in BC, and has demonstrated the value of using MDI data to promote dialogue, connect people across communities and focus investments on children and families.
HELP will continue to honour Angelo’s work by building on his approaches of collaboration and inclusivity, and sharing the impacts of his lasting work in BC communities. See below to learn more about Angelo’s important work.
The Middle Years Development Instrument finds its highest purpose when it spurs conversation and supports planning for well-being in classrooms, schools and communities. On May 23rd, join HELP for a live webinar to celebrate the release of this year's MDI Reports.
During the webinar we will provide a quick overview of report access and structure, share our best tips for sharing the data within, and feature two special guests whose stories highlight the impact of sharing MDI data. Register today.