United Way of the Lower Mainland

United Way of the Lower Mainland

May 16, 2006 16:30 ET

Media Advisory: United Way/UBC Research Findings to Shine Light on Out-of-School Time for Children

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 16, 2006) -


They're immersed in a multi-tasking digital world of their own and they don't talk to adults much.

Research, funded by United Way and led by a UBC associate professor and expert on children age 6 to 12, promises to provide a first clear look at the after-school lives of Canadian children. Children age 6 to 12 spend on average 67 hours a week in unstructured activity - it's more time than they spend in school.

WHAT: Announcement of preliminary findings: "What Do Kids Do When They Are Not In School? The Experiences of Children in Canada During Out-of-School Time." The research, with direct participation by approximately 1,800 children in grades 5 to 7, is the first of its kind in Canada.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2006

WHERE: 2006 Learning Summit On Middle Childhood, Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, Waterford Ballroom (3rd Floor), 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby

WHO: Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Associate Professor Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education in the Faculty of Education at UBC; Dr. Clyde Hertzman, Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), Faculty of Graduate Studies at UBC; Michael McKnight, President and CEO United Way of the Lower Mainland

WHY: The research will provide a basis for policy, investments and meaningful programs for children 6 to 12. Where are they? Who are they with? What are they doing? What do they want to be doing?

United Way of the Lower Mainland has funded just-completed research at UBC/HELP led by Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl. She will provide preliminary findings that will answer these questions and more. Children, as well as parents and teachers from throughout the Lower Mainland participated. Children kept daily diaries for the study.

The Learning Summit on Middle Childhood is presented by the Lower Mainland School-Aged Children Advisory Committee and United Way of the Lower Mainland in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP). For more on the Learning Summit, visit www.uwlm.ca.

Contact Information

  • United Way of the Lower Mainland
    Michael Becker
    (604) 268-1333 or Cell: (604) 374-2734