Kneehill Area Early Childhood Coalition to present data at celebration dinner

Early Childhood Coalition

The Kneehill Area Early Childhood Coalition uses the data collected from Early Development Instrument (EDI) to help identify the strengths and needs of the children within the community.

EDI is a questionnaire completed by kindergarten teachers in Alberta every three years that measures children’s ability to meet age-appropriate developmental expectations in five general domains, physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development, and communication skills and general knowledge.

The Government uses EDI data to plan early childhood investment, inform policy and program development decisions, or evaluate programs. Researchers use EDI data to address important questions and create new research programs to help better understand the genetic, biological, and social determinants of children’s health, well-being, and development.

The Kneehill Area Early Childhood Coalition has received the EDI data from the 2016 province wide collection, and overall our children are doing quite well.

Since the last data collection two years ago, our kindergarten aged children assessed have improved 10 per cent in the domains of social competence and emotional maturity. As a direct result, the communication and general knowledge domain has improved by 12 per cent.

The area that the Kneehill coalition will focus on for the upcoming year will be the language and cognitive development domain.

Kneehill Area Early Childhood Coalition promotes the healthy development and wellbeing of children zero to five years of age and their families through collaborating and purposeful work within the community.

The Kneehill Area Early Childhood Coalition is having an early development instrument data release and celebration dinner at the Kneehill Regional Family and Community Support Services building at 5:30 p.m. on April 18.

At the supper there will be the data results from the Kneehill area EDI. They will also show what the communities of Three Hills, Trochu, Carbon, Acme, Linden, and Torrington are doing in providing for child development in the areas of physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development, communication and general knowledge.

At the dinner, they will also be talking about how can we best meet the development needs of our children from ages zero to five.

The Kneehill Area Early Childhood Coalition is also having a numerical literacy workshop with Kristin Dmytriw from Centre for Family Literacy on April 14, starting at 9 a.m. at the Three Hills Centennial Arena.

For more information on either event, contact Rebecca Pettifer at kneehillecc@gmail.com or visit their website at www.zerotofivekneehill.ca.