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EDI results in Northwest Territories spurs pilot programs

Thanks in part to results from the Early Development Instrument, the Northwest Territories government is implementing pilot projects to address gaps in early childhood development in small communities. EDI results showed that children in small communities were four times as likely as those in Yellowknife to have multiple challenges. In response, three pilot programs are being implemented across the territory. In Tlicho, a speech pathologist is being hired; in Dehcho, a coordinator for existing programs is being hired; and in Inuvialuit, a position is being created to support daycare workers and teachers.

For a full story on the plan please visit CBC News North website.

3rd national collection of AEDC is complete

With a 96% response rate from schools and over 300,000 children included, the third national collection of the AEDC in Australia is a success.

School principles will be able to access their school profile starting in November 2015 and public results, including a national report, community maps, and community profiles, are expected to be available on the AEDC website in March 2016.

The Offord Centre has moved!

After years at Hamilton’s historic Chedoke Hospital, the EDI team along with the rest of the Offord Centre moved down the Hamilton mountain to their new location at McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South. The move brings the centre closer to the main McMaster campus. Please note the change in address.

Mailing address:
1280 Main Street West, MIP 201A,
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

Courier address:
175 Longwood Road S., MIP 207A Room 217
Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1

Please visit the Offord Centre website for directions and information on parking.

EDI researchers awarded CIHR operating grant

A group of researchers led by McMaster University’s Dr. Magdalena Janus have been awarded a highly-competitive Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating grant. The CIHR-funded study will examine the role of social and economic factors on the developmental health of children with health disorders and children with functional disorders. There is a wealth of research showing how social and economic factors affect typically developing children, but very little has looked at whether the same patterns exist for children with health disorders. The study will use a unique EDI database that spans almost all of Canada. The results of the study have the potential to impact health service delivery and school-based intervention strategies.

Save the date: HELP’s 2015 Fall Expo

The Human Early Learning Project (HELP) is hosting their annual Fall Expo on November 4, 2015. The full-day event will be held in downtown Vancouver at UBC Robson Square.

Although still in the planning stage, the event will feature several keynote presentations, hands-on workshops with researchers, and plenty of networking opportunities.