News Topics: Education (K-12)


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


Election 2017 party responses to First Call coalition questions

On behalf of our 101 member organizations, First Call sent questions from our 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit to each of the three main parties in this election. All three parties have responded, and we encourage everyone to read their answers to our questions about putting the interests of children, youth MORE


Two Your Education Matters video clips

Watch Sandra Mathison, executive director of the Institute for Public Education BC, on the changes needed in public education policy. (3 min.). First Call’s Adrienne Montani is on the board of directors of the institute. Watch the latest video from Your Education Matters Broad View with Jason Ellis and Alex MORE

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First Call op-ed: BC Budget 2017 fails to fill the hole we’ve dug for children, youth and families

Over the last 15 years provincial child-serving ministries, school districts, post-secondary institutions and community service agencies serving children, youth and families had their provincial funding slashed or squeezed. Meanwhile inflation, growing service needs and increased government-imposed fees and costs forced them to cannibalize and reduce their services to balance their MORE


Inclusive Schools public forum – Vancouver, Mar. 16

Restoring Quality Inclusive Education in BC Public Schools Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 5:30-8 pm Croatian Cultural Centre 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Light supper provided A panel of parents and educators will present best practices in leadership and culture within the school community, teacher and support staff practice and training in MORE