State of the Young Child in New Orleans: EDI Community Profile 2012

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) Community Profile provides local-level information on young children’s developmental outcomes during the kindergarten year. The profile maps the information on children’s development by geographic area (such as neighborhoods or census tracts) along with other indicators including socio‐demographic characteristics and community assets in order to help understand possible factors contributing to the observed outcomes in children.

38 schools participated in 2012 EDI data collection across school type (charter, traditional direct run public and Catholic schools). 1,844 student records were mapped, and data was collected on 59 percent of public school kindergartners. 14 neighborhoods reached saturation, meaning at least 70 percent of kindergartners in those communities reported EDI data, making the data sufficient to draw conclusions in those neighborhoods.

The Profile is designed to mobilize and engage local leaders around a data‐driven approach to local planning and improvement activities. The data helps early childhood stakeholders look back to assess how to support school readiness, and look forward to plan programs and improve systems that will help children succeed throughout the school years and beyond. Over time, the data in the Profile can be tracked to help assess the impact of past investments made on behalf of young children and families and to demonstrate the importance of sustaining resources dedicated to early childhood.

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