What can we do to ensure our children are ready for school?
Along with a number of great partners*, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is trying to find a better answer to that question. Our EDI pilot in Hartford and West Hartford is a population measure of how young children are developing in communities. It measures five areas of early childhood development: Physical Health & Well-being, Social Competence, Emotional Maturity, Language & Cognitive Development, and Communications Skills & General Knowledge. Using information from the EDI pilot, we'll be able to better predict health, educational, and social outcomes, and pave the way for future success. After all, families and caregivers are children's first teachers, and homes and neighborhoods are their first learning environments.
This work has been guided by the UCLA Center for Healthier Families, Children and Communities which works with over 40 jurisdictions nationwide. Our pilot is the first time EDI has been implemented in Connecticut.
You can read our first EDI Report below. For more information about the pilot, visit edi.ctdata.org.
*Trinity College's Cities, Suburbs and Schools Project, the Connecticut Data Collaborative and the University of Connecticut's Mapping and Geographic Information Center analyzed and visualized the data to help communities examine outcomes in the context of neighborhoods, socioeconomics and community resources. The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving partnered with school districts and municipal leadership of both Hartford and West Hartford to implement the EDI pilot program.