News Topics: Early Childhood Development


Early Childhood Education Report released

The Early Childhood Education Report has been released every three years since 2011. The 2017 report was released last week, which evaluates the quality of provincial and territorial early years services by looking at details of each jurisdiction. Nineteen benchmarks, organized into five equally weighted categories, evaluate governance structures, funding levels, access, MORE


Research Highlights from UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership

A selection of research highlighting by HELP this month provides a crucial window into the impact of the classroom environment on children and youth. Check out an article by Oberle E., Schonert-Reichl K. called Stress contagion in the classroom? The link between classroom teacher burnout and morning cortisol in elementary school students here. To learn MORE


Risky play, children and young people in urban environments

Research by Ball, D.J. & Hansen Sandseter, E.B. Children and Young People in Urban Environments points to the necessity of risky play for children and youth. According to the research abstract, “the majority of children now live in urban environments and play provision for them has followed certain paths which are heavily MORE

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Submission to BC Human Rights Tribunal says early intervention is a child’s right

First Call coalition member, the BC Association for Child Development and Intervention (BCACDI), has provided an excellent submission regarding the re-establishment of the BC Human Rights Tribunal framing early intervention is a children’s right issue. According to their submission, “BCACDI is connected to the topic of Human Rights through the MORE


Child and youth news of the week

The Tyee: Employers clash on timeline for $15 minimum wage CBC News: Shelter for women leaving abuse in Kitimat runs out of space Times Colonist: Seeking an end to violence against women and girls Global News: BC judge who erred in law put ministry under fire CBC Radio Unreserved: Elementary school students rewriting the TRC’s MORE

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First Call’s 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Data in the First Call 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 21, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five, or 18.3%, of our children living in poverty. Other key findings from the 2015 data include: This represents 153,300 children under age 18, a decrease MORE

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2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Looking for action to change BC’s child poverty story

Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic living expenses. One in five of our children still lives in poverty. Using the MORE

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First Call budget submission: child care, poverty, education, foster youth

First Call’s budget submission to the provincial Finance Committee for the 2018 budget makes 23 specific recommendations covering early childhood, public education, poverty reduction, supports and services for vulnerable children, youth and families and post-secondary education. Some highlights are: Redesign the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit into a BC Child MORE


Indigenous focus in new HELP research digest

“Our language is our health: Connecting language revitalization to health outcomes for Indigenous communities” is one article to check out in the latest edition of the Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC’s HELP Reads digest of new child development research, policies, interventions and other HELP resources. Another is “Social and MORE


Indigenous Early Years education bursary

The New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRT Foundation) has launched a new $1 million Indigenous Early Years Scholarship and Bursary program. Made possible with the support of the Provincial Office for the Early Years, eligible program types include certificate, diploma and associate’s degree programs. For more information contact Senior Project Officer MORE


First Call members and advocates address early years for refugee, immigrant children

The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) publication Cultures West, Vol. 35, No. 1: Spring/Summer issue Immigrant and Refugee Children: The Early Years, features analysis by several First Call partners and advocates. In A Warm Welcome for Newcomer Families Sherry Sinclair addresses the role of Family Resource Programs (FRPs) support MORE