Recommended Go-To Organizations

Healthy Child Development

Atkinson Centre For Social and Child Development (Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, George Brown College and Red River College): Committed to using the best available evidence on early childhood development to inform public discourse, public policy and professional learning for those who work with young children.  Coming soon, the “Early Childhood Education Report: 2021”.

Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research Institute: Multi-disciplinary collaborative dedicated to studying human development – the social, emotional, cognitive, and neuropsychological development from a variety of perspectives in both typically and atypically developing individuals across the lifespan.

Children’s Healthcare Canada: Accelerating excellence and innovation in health systems caring for children and youth.

Human Early Learning Partnership (University of British Columbia): A collaborative, interdisciplinary research network bringing together scientific viewpoints to address complex early child development issues.

Infant and Child Health (INCH) Lab: Dedicated to understanding the mental and physical health of youth.

Margaret and Wallace McCain Foundation: See “The Early Years Reports” (1,2,3 & 4) by Senator Margaret McCain and Dr. Fraser Mustard/Dr.  Stuart Shanker) which is foundation work in the neuroscience of experiential brain development and advocacy for all-day kindergarten and universal access to high-quality pre-school education.

Nexus Health/Best Start: Provides a public health focus on child development, community engagement and partnerships and oversees the “Best Start Resource Centre” with links to the Canadian Paediatric Society and Michael Garron Hospital’s Baby Friendly Initiative (see the “OnTrack Guide”)

Offord Centre for Child Studies: The McMaster University Faculty of Psychiatry and Neurosciences’ research institute on how to improve the lives, health and development of children and youth.


CAMH: Provides information on raising resilient children and youth and strengthening personal skills and families.

Offord Centre for Child Studies (McMaster University): Focuses on adverse events in childhood and provides open access to resources to support the development of resilience in youth.

Resilience Research Lab (Vancouver Island University): Supports students in their research, shares knowledge about resilience and helps to develop preventative programs.

Resilience Research Centre (Dalhousie University):  Globally recognized leader in resiliency research and education.  Also, be sure to check out their easy-to-use guide for anyone working with children and families and for designing programs that build resilience

Stigma and Resilience Amongst Vulnerable Youth Centre (University of British Columbia): Research focused on how stigma, discrimination, violence, and trauma affect young people’s health. Plus identifies factors that foster youth resilience.

Strong Minds Strong Kids (Psychology Canada): Provides education on how to use stress reduction as a tool to build resilience and on how to help children build a solid foundation of mental health before problems or issues may arise.

Social and Emotional Learning

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning:  Supports educators and policy leaders to enhance the experiences and outcomes for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students. A source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning.

People for Education: Advocates, researches and educates about the importance of publicly funded education as the cornerstone of a thriving democracy.  Provides educational resources, newsletters, and an annual Ontario School Survey.

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center): Conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop emotional intelligence.

EDSurge: Reports on the people, ideas and tools shaping the future of learning in the United States.

Panorama Education: Dedicated to improving student outcomes by helping US schools and districts act on data.


Resilient Kids Canada

We do not provide mental health services.  If you require assistance, we recommend you contact:

Crisis Services Canada:  to help you to find distress centres and crisis organizations across Canada.  You can assess immediate help by calling 1-833-456-4566 (toll-free and available 24/7) or by Texting 45645 (4 pm – 12 am ET).

Kids Help Phone: available 24 hours a day for young people aged five (5) to twenty-nine (29).  Phone 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text Connect 686868.

Hope for Wellness Helpline: a 24/7 crisis counselling helpline for Indigenous people across Canada who are suffering from mental health issues. Contact them at 1-855-242-3310 or visit their chat line at

Resilient Kids Canada’s Registered Charity Number 718447477 RR 001

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