In May to July 2020, our team conducted a survey of kindergarten educators asking about their experience with transition to online learning. The educators told us that the largest barrier to learning was the ability of both parents and educators to balance work, home life, and online learning/teaching – something that is still very true, even a year and half later. Read the details here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10643-021-01304-z
In 2019 Dr. Janus collaborated with UCLA on a paper entitled: Measuring Equity From The Start: Disparities In The Health Development Of US Kindergartners which was recently accepted and published in the Journal of Health Affairs. This paper examined the potential health inequalities of kindergarten aged children in regards to neighbourhood income and race/ethnicity data. https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00920
The Ontario government has released its annual Early Years and Child Care report and for the second year it features EDI data.Continue reading Ontario Early Years and Child Care report features EDI
A group of researchers from the University of Manitoba, McMaster University, and the University of British Columbia have written a discussion paper for the Public Health Agency of Canada on the current state and future direction of early child development in Canada.
The discussion paper aims to summarize the current state of knowledge on early childhood development, based on the set of indicators in the Canadian Institute of Child Health’s 2017 Profile on the Health of Canada’s Children and Youth.
The paper describes how certain family factors impact the early years of children’s lives, including:
- demographic characteristics
- income and employment status
- family and community characteristics
- access to and use of health services
- health status
The paper concludes with an overview of current policies, programs, and interventions that support early childhood development in Canada.
Southwestern Public Health, the organization that covers Oxford, Elgin, and St. Thomas, has released a new report on the current health status of people in the region. Continue reading EDI included as measure of Southwestern Ontario health
A health disorder – either mental, such as autism or anxiety, or physical, such as asthma – early in life can have a big impact on the developmental trajectory of a child. Continue reading Canadian Children’s Health in Context Study reveals impacts of SES on children with health disorders
The EDI team at the Offord Centre for Child Studies has published a new resource for those working with the EDI and interested in learning more about the instrument. Continue reading New EDI resource: EDI Implementation Toolkit
The second province-wide implementation of the EDI has taken place in Quebec, and the results show 27.7% of children are vulnerable in at least one area of their development. This is an increase from the 2012 collection, which showed 25.6% of children were vulnerable. Continue reading Results released for Quebec Survey of Child Development in Kindergarten
The EDI started in Canada in the late 90s, and since that time has been collected on over 1.5 million Canadian children. But the EDI has also crossed the border and grown in popularity internationally. Continue reading Monitoring children’s healthy development around the world