The EDI team participated in McMaster’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences 27th Annual Research Day, hosted for the first time at Mohawk College in order to accommodate the large number of participants. The theme of the day was “Mechanisms of Risk, Resilience, and Treatment Response” and was hosted by Dr. James MacKillop, Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research.
The EDI was well represented at the event, with four posters submitted:
Offord, A., Duku, E., & Janus, M. Challenges to parenting kindergarten children: A population perspective.
Raos, R., & Janus, M. The impact of different geographic aggregations on the association between socioeconomic status and healthy child development.
Langevin, J., & Janus, M. Association between accessibility to early childhood intervention (ECI) and children’s skills at the kindergarten level.
Wang, A. N., & Janus, M. The impact of community-based music programs on preschool aged children.
PDF copies of the posters are available upon request.
In the last week of February the EDI team hosted an International EDI Data Workshop for Rosina Vanessa Sánchez Jiménez and Luis Eduardo Ferrer Cruz, two researchers from the Ministerio de Educación del Perú.
The pair of researchers travelled to Hamilton, Ontario to meet with members of the McMaster faculty and the EDI statistical team to familiarize themselves with the EDI data, learn appropriate analytic methods, and engage in hands-on sessions for creating detailed reports. The workshop was quite timely as Perú conducted the National Assessment of Early Education in 2014, a baseline measure of early child development that utilized the EDI to collect data on over 16,000 children.
The 2015 Australian Early Development Census National Conference was held in Glenelg, South Australia from February 18-20. The conference was hosted by the Telethon Kids Institute and held at the Stamford Grand Hotel.
The conference shared data collected from national AEDC implementations in Australia as well as EDI collections from around the world. The conference was divided into four areas: Community, Schools, Government/Policy, and Research. The conference featured many distinguished keynote speakers, including John Frank (The University of Edinburgh), Catherine Law (University College London), John Lynch (University of Adelaide), Magdalena Janus (McMaster University), Sally Brinkman (Telethon Kids Institute), Sharon Goldfeld (Royal Children’s Hospital), and Anne Hollonds (Policy and Strategy Consultant). Slides from the keynote presentations as well as other conference presentations can be viewed online.
The conference handbook is also available online.