The Children and Families Commission has invested in the Early Developmental Index (EDI) as a tool to evaluate the readiness of children when they enter kindergarten since the 2007/08 school year. Over the last two years, Commission staff has made a concerted effort to significantly increase the percentage of participating schools and districts to provide sufficient coverage to evaluate individual community and countywide trends. Through strong partnership with school districts and school personnel, participation has increased almost three-fold since 2012 and by July 2015, the Commission had valid data on 100 percent of the public elementary schools in Orange County. This staff report provides background on the EDI tool, summary of the collected data from the 2014/15 school year, and proposed use of the data to support a Summit on Young Children in Orange County in the spring of 2016.
The Commission’s Evaluation Manager, Dr. Sharon Boles presented the results of the 2015 EDI data at the September Commission meeting. View the full presentation here.
The Early Development Index Kindergarten Readiness Policy Brief can be found here.
The Early Development Index Kindergarten Readiness Powerpoint can be found here.
The Orange County’s Healthier Together initiative began in late 2012 when Orange County Health Care Agency, Public Health Services formed the Orange County Planning Advisory Group in order to assess the county’s health and create a community-driven plan for a healthier Orange County. The Advisory Group was made up of representatives from 21 partner organizations including health care providers, academic institutions, collaboratives, community-based organizations, and other government agencies. Learn More
Kidsdata.org, a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, promotes the health and well being of children in California by providing an easy to use resource that offers high-quality, wide-ranging, local data to those who work on behalf of children. Demographics Education & Child Care Physical Health Family Economics Children with Special Health Care Needs