Snapshot of Child Development

THE EARLY DEVELOPMENT INSTRUMENT (EDI)

The Alberta Government ministries of Health, Education, and Community and Social Services work together to gather and analyze information related to child development using a tool called the Early Development Instrument.  

What is the EDI? (Information from www.edi.offordcentre.com )

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a questionnaire completed by kindergarten teachers in Alberta every three years that measures children’s ability to meet age-appropriate developmental expectations in five general domains:

Ø  Physical Health and Well-Being – Sample EDI Question: Would you say that this child is well coordinated (moves without running into things or tripping over things)?

Ø  Social Competence – Sample EDI Question: Would you say that his child is able to follow one-step instructions?

Ø  Emotional Maturity – Sample EDI Question: Would you say that this child comforts a child who is crying or upset?

Ø  Language and Cognitive Development – Sample EDI Question: Would you say that this child is able to read simple words?

Ø  Communication Skills and General Knowledge – Sample EDI Question: How would you rate this child’s ability to tell a story?

Why is the EDI Important?

  • Parents, Community, Educators and School Reps use EDI results to help identify strengths and needs

needs of the children within their communities.

  • Government uses EDI data to plan early childhood investment, inform policy and program development

decisions, or evaluate programs.

  • Researchers use EDI data to address important questions and create new research programs to help better understand the genetic, biological, and social determinants of children’s health, well-being and development.

2016 EDI DATA FOR EDMONTON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To view the EDI Data Community Reports for Edmonton as a whole as well as the individual geographic areas, please go to the Early Childhood Coalitions of Alberta (EECA) website below.

The EDI Program