The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a tool designed to measure children's ability to meet age appropriate developmental milestones. Once administered, school and community members can use the EDI results to get a holistic picture of children’s health, development and school readiness for an entire community in five key areas, known as domains:
EDI results provide communities with a holistic understanding of children's developmental needs, specifically the share of children who are on track and who may need additional support.
The science of early childhood development and the research on educational achievement that tells us that:
For over two decades, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, through its Early Childhood Investments Strategic Education Portfolio, has been committed to promoting opportunities that ensure the region’s children are ready to learn and prepared to succeed in school and life.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving supported the use of a kindergarten assessment tool, the Early Development Instrument (EDI), in East Hartford and Windsor communities in school year 2016-2017, and Windsor Locks in school year 2017-2018. The purpose is to provide data on children at the crucial transition to kindergarten, to improve outcomes for young children and their families, share accountability for school readiness among communities and schools and to build local solutions to local needs that can inform broader early childhood systems building and policy at the regional and state levels.