UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)


The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network, based at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC). HELP’s unique partnership brings together many scientific viewpoints to address complex early child development issues, using an interdisciplinary approach that reaches from “cell to society.” Its broad scope of study includes how early experience affects the development of the brain, children’s development over time, and family policy. HELP builds on a range of population health approaches, including social determinants of health.

Full Description

This grant will be used to support HELP in expanding the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) across Canada. The MDI is a tool filled out by children themselves that provides rich data to schools and communities about actions that could be taken to improve wellbeing.

The Foundation’s grant will enable the expansion of the MDI by supporting its core capacity, including the development of tools, data storage and analysis, and community toolkits. It will also support HELP’s ongoing work in building relationships with school boards and communities across Canada to prepare for future MDI expansion.

Website: http://earlylearning.ubc.ca


  • 2015-2017
  • $ 225,000
  • Funding Type: Past Initiatives
  • Initiatives: Social Innovation Fund