Early Childhood Development

About Heart-Mind Well-being

When we talk about Heart-Mind Well-being, we are referring to the importance of not only focusing on developing the cognitive aspects (Our minds) but also the qualities that make us human (Our hearts) and ultimately give us meaning in our lives. We have conceptualized Heart-Mind well-being as five inter-related social and emotional development domains.  

About the site: heartmindonline.org.

Heart-Mind Online is for all those who are searching for evidenced-informed resources that educate the hearts of children. The collection of resources builds capacity in individuals and communities to support the Heart-Mind well-being of children, and promotes their positive social and emotional development. The website was developed by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

Click on the pictures to the left to view valuable Heart-mind resources.

Educate the Heart video shared by the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education.

Why educate a child’s heart?

The Provincial Office for the Early Years Presents:

These videos and posters are just a few of the initiatives currently underway through the Early Years Office.  To stay informed and up to date on their latest work and upcoming events, please follow them on Twitter at @EYOffice.

Their first video and poster address the question “Why are the early years important?”, and discuss the role that early experiences play in brain development.

Click HERE to download the Video Click HERE to view the Poster

The second set ask “Why are the early years a smart investment?”, pointing to windows of opportunity that open during the early years which provide a maximum return on investments made in this developmental period.

  Click HERE to download the Video Click HERE to view the Poster

The third pair discusses “Do all children have an equal chance?”.  Evidence points to the fact that not all children have an equal change a healthy development, and that support provided in the early years directly impact a child’s path to adulthood.

Click HERE to download the Video Click HERE to view the Poster


Success By 6 Credit Union Thank You Video

Research shows that healthy starts in the early years lead to bright futures. This is something that credit unions in BC recognize and actively support.

Every year BC credit unions contribute 25 cents per member to the Success By 6 initiative, a unique partnership between United Ways of BC, Credit Unions of BC and the Ministry of Children and Family Development. This early childhood initiative is dedicated to providing all children in BC with a good start in life.

To thank and recognize credit unions for having given over $3 million to the Success By 6 Provincial initiative so far, an informative and creative video will be officially launched on December 1, Canada’s Giving Tuesday.

The video provides an overview of the unique Success By 6 Provincial Partnership in British Columbia, highlights the co-operative work being accomplished in communities across the province, and recognizes credit unions and their members for their continued support of the initiative over the past 12 years.

Poverty Shrinks Brains from Birth

Studies show that children from low-income families have smaller brains and lower cognitive abilities. Click on the picture to learn more.

First Steps and Beyond – Early Years Booklet

Each year for the past 7 years the Credit Unions of BC have donated 25 cents per member per year to Success By 6.  These funds are directed towards projects that help build awareness of the importance of the early years. 

This year we developed a new resource for parents.  The First Steps and Beyond booklets are filled with helpful information for new parents including:

         - stages of development from birth to six years,

         - activities for encouraging development at all stages,

         - recognizing when to seek help if you have questions about your child’s development,

         - early dental, hearing and vision care,

         - nutrition and food, safety, taking care of yourself,

         - a simple kindergarten checklist and preparing your child for kindergarten.

Over 100,000 copies of the booklet were printed and distributed throughout BC through Credit Unions, Success By 6 coordinators, public health nurses and early childhood professionals.

Early Development Index (EDI)

The Early Development Index is an instrument developed at McMaster University that utilizes a questionnaire to determine the vulnerability of children in their early years using five core areas: physical health and wellbeing, language and cognitive development, social competence, emotional maturities, and communication skills and general knowledge.

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at the University of British Columbia collect and analyze EDI data for British Columbia. The results of these studies are available at the HELP website: http://earlylearning.ubc.ca.

Brain Hero
This short video called “Brain Hero” developed by Harvard University depicts how actions by a range of people in the family and community can affect a child’s development.


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