Early childhood development in BC

Early childhood development in BC

Early childhood development in BC

Date posted: February 7, 2014

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a questionnaire that measures five core areas of early child development that are good predictors of adult health, education and social outcomes. It is used in BC by the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC to show how young children are doing across the province. This questionnaire has been filled out by BC kindergarten teachers since 2001 so the data collected can be used to show trends over time. Here’s a brief video introduction:

A fact sheet on the Early Development Instrument is available here as well as a large infographic.

Early childhood coalitions, early child development workers and school representatives use EDI data to inform their work. Community groups can use the data to advocate for programs in their communities. Government ministries use EDI data to plan for investment, policies and programs as well as for evaluation. Researchers use the data to formulate new research.

Want to see how your neighbourhood is doing? Your region? The whole province? HELP summarizes the EDI data in maps and reports that are available online. These maps:

  • Reveal where children and families live, where programs and resources are located, and how accessible these programs are to those they were designed to support
  • Identify large neighbourhood differences in the number of children who are healthy and ready for school
  • Reveal where there are gaps in children’s development and where improvement is needed
  • Reveal how socio-economic factors may influence children’s early development
  • Heighten awareness of the importance of early child development
  • Prompt new community policies and programs

HELP has a webinar next Tuesday, February 11th, on Lessons from 12 years of early childhood research: What makes a difference. For details and to register, click here.

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