This website is part of the Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP). SDPP, a federal program, is a partnership between the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) and the Infant Development Program of British Columbia (IDP). This website specifically addresses the subject of social inclusion for at-risk children and their families. It has become quite clear to us (through numerous meetings with parents of at risk children) that there is a great need for a model for a seamless continuum of services that would provide the parents of at risk children and the professionals who work with them with what they need in order to better serve these children. We have worked hard and collaborated with parents and professionals from a variety of disciplines (e.g. psychology, neonatology, developmental pediatrics and population health) in order to develop goals and objectives for this project.
- Hillel Goelman, Ph.D., Principal investigator for HELP
- Mari Pighini, Research Coordinator
- Lara El Khatib, Project Coordinator
- Dana Brynelsen, Provincial Advisor, Infant Development Program of BC
- Bozena Zdaniuk, Statistical Analyst
- That all children and families, regardless of ability of disability, should have access to quality programs and supports that will enable them to participate to the fullest extent possible in the widest possible range of early childhood activities.
- That social inclusion of children and families is of benefit to both typically developing children as well as to atypically developing children.
- That policies, programs and project of social inclusion be guided by the best and most recent evidenced-based research in this area.
For information about the objectives of SDPP as outlined in the Proposal, please read:
- Excerpts from the Proposal: “Social Inclusion for At-Risk Children and their Families” Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC, The Infant Development Program of British Columbia December 2004
- The Social Inclusion Project for At-Risk Children and Families (Final Report) Hillel Goelman and Mari Pighini January 2009