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  • This slide which covers “why children’s early development matters” is important to set the context for why this work is so important for children. You have graciously agreed to participate in this project which is about helping to support communities in their efforts to ensure children are ready for school. As you know, there has been much research published in the last 10 years about how important the early years are for children in their later developmentThis research tells us that:Children are born ready to learnThe neurosystem is pre-programmed to develop various skills and neuropathways, depending on the experiences it receivesThe quality of children’s earliest environments and experiences at the right stages of development are crucial to determining the strength or weakness of the brain’s developmentWe thank you for participating in this project as you will be making an important contribution to helping prepare our community to support children’s development.
  • We provide a base set of maps to each community in their EDI Comm Profile. Let me show you a few examples in a minuteThe maps show the percent of children vulnerable by each EDi domain by each neighborhood. They also overlay other data such as socio-economic indicators or other local data on the risk and protective factors related to children, including local community assets.


  • 1. Early Developmentinstrument (EDI)
  • 2. EducationThe United Way of El Paso County is committed toensuring that every child has the best start inachieving success in school.
  • 3. State PartnershipThe Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness (TCCSR)is a 19 member state advisory council established by Gov. Rick Perryin 2009.TCCSR Aims to improve school readiness in Texas through targetedstrategies stemming from the Council’s four priority areas: • Parental Outreach and Communications • Early childhood workforce and professional development • Collaborations and standards • Data systems and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
  • 4. National PartnershipUCLA – Center for Healthier Children, Families andCommunities—Uses the Early DevelopmentInstrument (EDI)Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems(TECCS) system identifies local needs, helps generatesolutions in collaboration with local leaders.TECCS involves three parts: • Mapping needs for community school readiness • Helps local leaders develop & implement solutions • Shares best practices across communities
  • 5. Why Early LearningMatters• Children are born learning.• The neurosystem is pre-programmed to develop skills and neuropathways, depending on the experiences it receives• Children’s earliest environments & experiences determine the strength or weakness of the brain’s development
  • 6. Early DevelopmentInstrument• Monitors populations of children over time in different communities. (On handout there is a map of other communities using EDI)• Provides information about:• Developmental strengths /vulnerabilities• Ways to help improve service systems for children• Results from the EDI enable us to: • Look forward to adjust school programs for incoming students • Look backward to adjust service systems • Overall objective : Students are READY to LEARNEDI is not intended to be used as a diagnostic tool to screen or identify children with special needs.
  • 7. Early DevelopmentInstrument• Extensively validated, reliable, and an appropriate measure for children• Based on a checklist completed by kindergarten teachers• For each child in the class• 104 questions grouped into five domains • Physical Health and Well-being • Social Competence • Emotional Maturity • Language and Cognitive Skill Development • Communication Skills and General Knowledge
  • 8. Anticipated Outcomes• Increased community awareness of the importance of early childhood development• Facilitates collaborative relationships• Allows analysis—the impact of past investments & guides future investments• Emphasizes prevention & focus on the population• Effective approaches to improve early childhood systems• Gains public support• Helps to sustain resources dedicated to early childhood
  • 9. Anticipated OutcomesThe EDI project provides: •Each community with a Community Profile Report which is public information that contains EDI tables and maps (based on where children live-physical address) •Each district with a confidential district report that provides information on how children are doing developmentally. •Each school with a confidential campus report that provides information on how children are doing developmentally.
  • 10. EDI MapsThe EDI data maps allow stakeholders to comparechildren’s development: • By geography to identify areas of greatest need • To socio-economic indicators • Observed outcomes • To identify service gaps • (Handouts-less=vulnerability and dark=more vulnerable)
  • 11. Developmental Domains with16 Sub-Domains—(on your handout)Physical health and well-being (3) Child is healthy, independent, ready each daySocial competence (4) Child plays, gets along with others and shares, is self-confidentEmotional maturity (4) Child is able to concentrate, help others, is patient, not aggressive or angryLanguage and cognitive development (4) Child is interested in reading and writing, can count and recognize numbers, shapesCommunication skills and general knowledge (1) Child can tell a story, communicate with adults and children, articulate themselves
  • 12. Timeline-NowJanuary • District uploads student rosters to central database • Distribute teacher training packets • Begin Teacher orientation – One hour session via web conferences • Class lists /student rosters assembled • Parent letters distributed
  • 13. Timeline-FutureFebruary • Teachers complete the EDI • Teachers fill out the feedback form • Teachers are compensated • UCLA begins analysisAugust / September • Share data with district
  • 14. Teacher CompensationTeachers will be compensated for their time while administering theEarly Development instrument. Teachers will receive a Wal-Mart giftcard determined by the following schedule.Teachers that complete fewer than 10 surveys………$10.00 Gift CardTeachers that complete 10 – 20 surveys………...……$20.00 Gift CardTeachers completing 21 or more surveys………….....$30.00 Gift CardAll teachers with an 80% or higher completion rate will also be eligiblefor one of three $100 Wal-Mart gift cards to be drawn for after all thesurveys have been completed.
  • 15. Year One Schools Barron Lee Bliss Logan Bonham Milam Bradley Moye Burnet Newman 24 Northeast schools in Cielo Vista Nixon Collins Park year one (2012) Crosby Powell Dowell Schuster All additional elementary Fannin Stanton schools in year two (2013) Hughey Travis Tom Lea Whitaker
  • 16. ContactJason BrewerVP, Marketing & Community BuildingUnited Way of El Paso