The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a population level measure of children’s development or well-being developed by Magdalena Janus and Dan Offord at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. The instrument is largely based on the National [Canadian] Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, and other existing tests. The EDI combines several areas that have been identified as relevant to children’s school readiness: physical health and well-being, social competence, approaches to learning, emotional maturity, language development, cognitive development, communication skills, and general knowledge. The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a relatively short and easy to administer tool. Its results can be aggregated to various levels and therefore easily lends themselves to linkages with other population and community data.The EDI is used in Canada. Early Childhood is considered a crucial period in a child’s development.
Early Development Instrument
￼What is the Early Development Instrument (EDI)?
- EDI developed in Canada by the Offord Centre for Child Studies
- Teacher-completed checklist on children’s development measured in spring of kindergarten
- Data is aggregated to a group level (school, neighborhood, city, etc) to provide a population- based measure of children’s development
- EDI is not reported at the child or class level and is not used as a diagnostic tool for individual children
- Fills important information gap in US since early development is not consistently measured across schools, districts or communities
￼What does EDI measure?
- Five developmental domains
- Physical health and well-being
- Social competence
- Emotional maturity
- Language and cognitive development
- Communication skills and general knowledge
- EDI is linked to child-level demographics
- Potential to link EDI with parent information
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Brief Description of the EDI by the Canadian Government.