News Topics: Education (K-12)


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City of Vancouver Passes Motion in Support of Healthy School Food

On March 10, 2020, First Call submitted comments to the City of Vancouver supporting passage of the motion, “Taking Steps Toward a National Cost-Shared Universal Healthy School Food Program.” Click here to read our comments. We are pleased to hear that the City of Vancouver passed the motion on March 11th. One part of MORE


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2020 Budget Delivers on Previous Promises but Thin on New Initiatives for Children, Youth and Their Families

This week’s BC budget followed through on promises made in past budgets – including the BC Child Opportunity Benefit – but comes up short on new initiatives and investments that would assist children, youth and their families. “We need to invest more in upstream, preventative family supports,” commented Adrienne Montani, MORE


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Disentangling the role of income in the academic achievement of migrant children

Children who migrate are more likely to live in poverty – across Canada and in the world’s richest nations. A recent study used a population-based cohort of BC children to examine whether income differently predicted the kindergarten to Grade 7 (K-7) literacy and numeracy trajectories of migrant children (economic, family, and refugee MORE


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McCreary Adolescent Health Survey 2018 New Reports

The regional reports from the McCreary Adolescent Health Survey 2018 are being released over time. They have already posted regional reports for Northeast, Kootenay Boundary, East Kootenay, and Richmond. We encourage you to keep checking the website for your region’s report. In the meantime, McCreary also released the Beyond a Dreamcatcher report, a youth-led MORE


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Violence in Canadian Schools and Canada’s Responsibilities

CBC’s special investigation into violence in schools began when journalists asked if a national database of student-on-student violence exists, and found the answer to be no. School boards across Canada collect information in vastly different ways, creating a messy and incomplete patchwork of facts and figures. That leaves governments in an unenviable MORE


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BCEdAccess’ School Exclusion Tracker 2018-19 Report Released

Since September 4th 2018, BCEdAccess has been collecting parent-reported data on the exclusion of students with disabilities from schools in BC. As of June 2019, they had 492 reports with 3,610 instances where students were excluded from school. They recently launched the final data for the 2018-2019 school year. Of the respondents, 92.9% of the MORE


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Vancouver Early Years Partnership Develops New SEL Matters Website

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a critical component to the healthy development of young children – impacting how we process emotions, achieve goals, maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions in our lives. The Vancouver Early Years Partnership developed the new SEL Matters website to offer early years providers and parents/caregivers MORE