Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)
Based at the University of British Columbia, the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is an interdisciplinary research network focused on child development—from the processes and structures that affect brain development to the policies and programs needed to address childhood vulnerability. One of HELP’s primary goals is to promote equity in children’s developmental and educational outcomes, and consequently life-long health and well-being. While their work is primarily based in BC, the researchers collaborate with partners across Canada and internationally.
HELP uses the Early Development Instrument (EDI) (questionnaire) with children across BC to measure five core areas of early development.
- This data is used to produce a series of maps, graphics and reports illustrating the links between development, socio-economic status and other determinants. These documents help identify community needs, and can be used to support policy and program development.