EDI School District & Community Reports

The Early Development Instrument (EDI)

The foundation of HELP’s child development monitoring system are data gathered using the Early Development Instrument (EDI).  The EDI questionnaire 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. EDI data provide essential insights into the health of our children and help us explore the associated patterns and trends. Learn more about the EDI HERE

The 2019 EDI Provincial Report

Early Development Instrument (EDI) data are a long-term provincial indicator of children’s early developmental health and well-being in BC. HELP completed our seventh wave of EDI data collection in 2019, resulting in the publication of new provincial-level data. The resulting report, the BC EDI Wave 7 Provincial Report, summarizes trends and patterns in EDI data across the province from 2004-2019.

The latest EDI data show that more children are vulnerable both on the summary measure “Vulnerable on One or More Scales” and on each of the five scales of the EDI, than recorded in our Wave 6 data (2013-2016). EDI vulnerability on one or more scales in BC has increased to 33.4% (up from 32.2% just three years ago) and over the long-term, from 29.9% in Wave 2 (2004-2007). For more information and insights from the latest EDI data, please download the BC EDI Wave 7 Provincial Report. 

Community Profiles

EDI data are also valuable when aggregated by school district and their associated neighbourhoods. EDI Community Profiles are created for each one of BC’s 59 school districts using data that are based on children’s home postal codes, representing children who live in the school district.* In these publicly available reports, the school district and neighbourhood-level EDI data are supplemented by provincial-level data intended to help communities situate local data within the broader provincial context. *Data include children attending public schools and children attending participating Independent and on-reserve schools.

Please note: Wave 7 EDI Community Profiles were updated on March 24, 2020. The EDI Participation By School Year table and supporting notes (pg. 17) were updated to improve clarity on the number of children participating in the EDI each year. The counts table was simplified and the supporting notes were updated to improve the understanding of the data. 


Interactive Maps

Use our interactive mapping tool to explore the province’s EDI data for all five EDI scales over multiple waves (combined years of data).* HELP's interactive map illustrates the results of the Early Development Instrument at three different geographical levels:

Education: Explore EDI data for each of BC’s 59 School Districts.

Health: Explore EDI data for all of BC’s five geographical Health Authorities by Local Health Areas (LHAs). 

Community: Explore EDI data for each of HELP’s 298 individual Neighbourhoods. A street-level zoom feature clearly delineates neighbourhood boundaries.

*Please Note: Our Interactive Map includes data for Waves 2 through 6 (2004-2016). The map will be updated with Wave 7 data in January 2020.

Interactive Map

Further Discovery and Analysis

If you are interested in further investigation of EDI data, visit our Data Library page to access and download the data files HELP shares publicly, including: the EDI data file (.xls) for all scales, waves and geographies, shapefiles for the HELP neighbourhood boundaries and three years of related Census data.

We have also compiled a list of EDI Resources. This easy to navigate list provides information about the history of the EDI project, insight into the five scales, what we mean by vulnerability and much more.


Can’t find what you’re looking for? Have questions about how to interpret your reports or the data? We are here to help and would be happy to assist.

EDI Administration and Collection Questions: Brandon Schulmeister, EDI Implementation Lead
Reporting and Outreach: Kate Buium, Early Years Knowledge-to-Action Lead