Category Archives: News & Events

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.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences 27th Annual Research Day

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.

International EDI Data Workshop for Perú researchers

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

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.