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Creating Communities for Young Children: A Toolkit for Change

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Joanne Schroeder
Jennifer Harvey
Neda Razaz-Rahmati
Gillian Corless
Juliana Negreiros
Laurie Ford
Paul Kershaw
Lynell Anderson
Michele Wiens
Ziba Vaghri
Agata Stefanowicz
Lori G. Irwin
Clyde Hertzman
Publication Date: 
December 1, 2009

In 1999, the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) of the University of British Columbia, Canada, launched the Early Child Development (ECD) Mapping Project to track the development of its entire population of kindergarten children in British Columbia (BC), a process repeated over time with information disseminated among community members from a variety of sectors. This toolkit is designed to help communities understand the work of the ECD Mapping Project and to use the information in their neighbourhoods to create positive change for children. It is intended to support communities within BC, although many of the ideas will be adaptable to other jurisdictions.

From the Introduction: "Several of the learnings shared in the toolkit have been developed in partnership with Aboriginal communities throughout the province, and the toolkit is designed to be used in a variety of cultural contexts. However, it does not address some of the specific questions that arise in respect to using this research in Aboriginal communities. [The project anticipates]... that through the leadership of HELP’s Senior Aboriginal Researcher and Aboriginal Steering Committee further chapters will be added that will increase the relevance of the toolkit for indigenous communities.

The toolkit includes information about the importance of early child development, the history of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and its administration in BC, as well as details regarding child development indicators and related policy and programme considerations. Chapter 1 provides an overview of early child development, nurturant environments and issues of equity. Chapters 2, 3, and 4 include a description of the Early Development Instrument, steps for implementation, and details of the process that HELP uses to train kindergarten teachers in the completion of the EDI. Chapters 5 and 6 provide information on the analysis and interpretation of three key indicators of population-level early child development: the EDI, socio-economic characteristics, and community-based assets. The final chapter, Chapter 7, includes practical suggestions on how to influence policy and program development. It provides tools designed to address the important question, what can you do in your community to create change?"

 

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The ABC’s of ECD
  • Chapter 2: Population Health Perspective
  • Chapter 3: Ten Steps to EDI Implementation
  • Chapter 4: Teacher Training
  • Chapter 5: EDI Results: Reporting and Interpretation
  • Chapter 6: Understanding Socio-economic and Community Asset Data
  • Chapter 7: Influencing Policy and Program Development
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