Wave 7 Community Profiles now available

HELP is pleased to announce the release of Early Development Instrument (EDI) Wave 7 Community Profiles.

The EDI has been used in BC since 2004 to collect information about children as they enter kindergarten on five domains of development: physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development, and communication skills.

The EDI Community Profiles highlight newly released EDI data from Wave 7 (data collected between 2016-2019) and also provide an overview of patterns and trends in early child development based on EDI data collected between 2004 and 2019 (Waves 2-7). These data are reported using children’s home postal codes and include all children who live within a school district’s boundaries. The profiles explore the short- and long-term EDI trends at the school district and neighbourhood-levels alongside provincial data intended to help communities situate local data in the broader BC context. 

New to the EDI or need refresher? Visit our EDI homepage to learn more about the Early Development Instrument. 

Find and view the EDI Community Profile Report for your area in the list of all BC communities HERE. This page also includes a link to a number of EDI maps and resources, as well as the BC Early Development Instrument (EDI) Wave 7 Provincial Report, released in November 2019.

EDI data are a foundation for furthering our understanding about children’s development in our communities. While they do not point to specific solutions, these data provide a common starting point for new areas of inquiry and collaborative conversations across sectors. Your EDI Community Profile outlines approaches for exploring and using EDI, and our K2A team is available to provide resources and support as you work with these data in your community or school district. Please contact our Early Years K2A Lead to ask a question or start a conversation: kate.buium@ubc.ca

HELP is building toward a busy 2020 as we will be hosting webinars and events and partnering with communities to review and unpack local-level data and research. Of note, on February 26, 2020, we will be posting a video about using the EDI Community Profiles entitled Community Data at Work: Exploring Local Patters and Trends in the Early Years. We will follow this up with weekly virtual office hours in March – stay tuned for details.

Finally, and most importantly, HELP staff and faculty are grateful to the teachers and education administrators who work directly with us to gather and use our reports. This includes a commitment to training and completing questionnaires, engaging with parents and caregivers, and using HELP’s data and research in schools, districts and communities. Our thanks also to early childhood and health professionals across the province who have played a substantial role in ensuring that our reports are circulated and used. Together we are raising awareness of the importance of the early years.