News Topics: Education (K-12)


Activist grants available for improving student wellbeing

The McConnell Foundation has launched a Student Wellbeing for Systems Change Fund, through which school districts, groups of schools, and organizations working within the education system are invited to apply for projects dedicated to both improving student social and emotional wellbeing and addressing barriers to longer-term, deeper impact. Grants awarded MORE


Vancouver Foundation grants for early years, education, children and youth

Vancouver Foundation Education and Training field of interest grant guidelines are available – applications open October 2, 2017. These grants supports projects that use social innovation to build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across British Columbia in order to influence and change the systems that strengthen schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces MORE

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Government reaches out to coalitions on BC poverty reduction plan

The Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has reached out to both the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and First Call for preliminary consultations on a poverty reduction plan for BC. The PRC met with the Minister and staff on August 10, and First Call conducted a MORE


Canada lags behind rich nations in meeting SDGs for children

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2016, set ambitious targets that apply to rich countries as well as poor. The most telling sign of a nation’s progress towards meeting those goals will be how well it meets the needs of its children. The June 2017 UNICEF report card, Building the Future: MORE


BCACCS Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship

The late Elder Mary Thomas was a pioneer in early childhood development and championed the importance of the early years in improving the lives of young children. In her honour, each year, BCACCS offers one $1000 scholarship for eligible Basic ECE students and one $1500 scholarship for eligible Post-Basic ECE MORE


Programs that teach emotional intelligence in schools have lasting impact

A recent study published in the July/August issue of Child Development with the involvement of the UBC Human Early Learning Partnership, identifies the immediate and long-term impact of in-school social-emotional learning programs. The new study analyzed results from 82 different programs involving more than 97,000 students from kindergarten to middle school in the U.S., MORE

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NDP Appoint Gender-Balanced Cabinet, Achieve Parity in BC Legislature

On Tuesday, the new NDP government appointed a gender-balanced cabinet consisting of 11 women and 11 men. This bodes well for key policy recommendations made by First Call, efforts to reduce economic inequality, and of course for children and youth: “…increased gender parity in education lowers infant and child mortality rates, lowers maternal MORE

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NDP government sworn in and new cabinet ministers announced

First Call congratulates all new ministers on their appointments, and we look forward to educating key ministers about the work of First Call and addressing issues and recommendations related to our 4 Keys to Success. The First Call BC Election Toolkit addressed key policy areas, noted below, which we look MORE


MDI School District and Community Reports now online

The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) School District and Community Reports for 2016/2017 participating districts are now online. MDI is a self-report questionnaire administered by the University of BC’s Human Early Learning Partnership. The MDI asks children in Grade 4 and Grade 7 about their thoughts, feelings and experiences in MORE