Dr Clyde Hertzman, the Director of the Human Early Learning
Partnership (HELP) at UBC died very unexpectedly earlier this month.
We offer our condolences to his loved ones at the untimely passing of
this vibrant, intelligent and witty man.
Kids First has long critiqued Dr Hertzman's work promoting
preferential funding for non-parental care, in particular daycare
centres and all day kindergarten.
Such policies have diverted billions of dollars ear-marked for
children away from financial support for families and into the
education, daycare, and research industries. We seek a reversal of
this policy trend.
We have repeatedly drawn attention to the "junk science" and "gross
misrepresentation" of evidence that Hertzman/HELP has employed to
successfully promote these policies across Canada.
We have also made formal complaints about Hertzman/HELP's lead role in
the mass collection and linkage of private data, its use of "passive
consent" in doing this, and its circumvention of informed parental
consent in its conduct of the Early Development Instrument (EDI).
The EDI is a social science research project involving almost all
kindergarten children in BC and thousands more across Canada. It is
conducted in February.
Read about HELP's data collection and privacy issues
Read about HELP and all day kindergarten
Hertzman media obituaries