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New Resource: Promising Practices of Early Childhood Education for Immigrant and Refugee Children

The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Services Agencies of BC (AMSSA) created a new resource to document ‘promising practices’ of early childhood programs for immigrant and refugees. This resource offers unique approaches for those working with immigrant and refugee children to create culturally safe and welcoming programs.  The resource indentifies practices for creating supportive environments, relationships and culturally responsive programs.

This resource is of benefit to early childhood educators and managers working in child care, family resource programs and/or StrongStart BC programs, as well as others serving immigrant/refugee families and young children.


HELP’s Fall Research Exposition summary and videos now available

In October, the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) held a Fall Research Exposition: “10 Years of Insight – Connecting the Dots.” This year’s event connected neuroscience to child development in B.C., and family policy. This call to society perspective has significantly contributed to our understanding of the importance of the early years.

 The recorded presentations are now available to view on HELP’s website at: http://earlylearning.ubc.ca/blog/2011/nov/09/2011-fall-research-exposition-event-summary/.

 Video Presentations:

Dr. Clyde Hertzman

“HELP’s ‘Cell to Society’ Approach to Early Child Development”

Dr. Hertzman presents an approach to understanding the determinants and outcomes of early child development (ECD) – from the role of ‘developmental plasticity’ at the level of the child’s genome, to the intimate environments of the family, to policy and enabling factors at the national and international level. His presentation lays out the current state of ECD in B.C. in the context of these multiple determinants and provides an overview of the range of HELP research projects each of which are designed to understand more fully and/or improve ECD in B.C. Canada, and globally.

 Dr. W. Thomas Boyce

“What the Genes Remember: The New Epigenetics of Early Life”

Emerging evidence indicates that many, if not most forms of human morbidity, arise from interactions between genetic susceptibilities and environmental exposures. One form of such gene-by-environment interplay is the new science of epigenetics: how experiences and exposures alter the structure and expression of genes, without changing the inherited DNA sequence. A variety of studies from the Human Early Learning Partnership are now suggesting that early experiences of adversity can change the ‘packaging’ of a child’s genes, perhaps setting early developmental trajectories toward lifelong health.

 Dr. Paul Kershaw

“Does Canada Work for All Generations?”

Dr. Kershaw answers “No.” Canada is not currently working for all generations. There is a silent generational crisis occurring in homes across the country, one we neglect because Canadians are stuck in stale debates. Kershaw invites the audience to refocus public dialogue on one of the most pressing social and economic issues of our time: Canada has become a far more difficult place to raise a family.

 International Dialogue: How to Put Research into Action in Communities

Three diverse and unique international presenters speak to their experiences of putting research into action in their communities. Dr. Joan Lombardi, former Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, discusses how they have used data to inform a comprehensive policy initiative developing place based strategies to support children and families in the United States. Anne Hanning, Indigenous Researcher and National Coordinator, Australian Early Development Index, and Bonnie Moss, Telethon Institute for Child Health & Menzies School of Health Research, talks about how she has worked with Indigenous communities in Australia to create cultural relevance for the Early Development Instrument data. Finally, Tracy Smyth, the Community Facilitator for the Alberni Valley Make Children First Network, discusses the importance of developing community partnerships as the foundation for using research effectively.

Questions? Contact:

The Human Early Learning Partnership

University of British Columbia

Suite 440, 2206 East Mall

Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3, Canada

Phone: 604-822-1278

Email: earlylearning@ubc.ca

Web: http://earlylearning.ubc.ca/blog/2011/nov/09/2011-fall-research-exposition-event-summary/

Professional Development Opportunity

The Early Years Team at the Ministry of Education, in partnership with LearnNowBC and 2010 Legacies Now (now known as Decoda Literacy Solutions), has created a series of professional development videos for StrongStart BC facilitators.

These free online professional development videos were taped during the 2009-2011 StrongStart training that focused on connecting with families.

 There are eight videos that cover a range of topics, such as creating welcoming environments for families and young children, and how to negotiate challenging situations.

 These videos are of benefit to new StrongStart BC facilitators, for those who could not attend all the training sessions or as a refresher for current facilitators.  The videos would be great to use in group professional development settings. Each module completed will provide the participant with a certificate of completion which can be used towards an ECE license renewal.

In order to access the videos, you must login using either an Early Childhood Educator license to practice registration number or school district information. For more information or to access the videos, please follow this link: