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1 This PowerPoint was developed by ECMap to be used as a framework to explain final project research results.

2 How are Alberta’s young children doing? What the research tells us Compiled by the Early Child Development Mapping Project (ECMap) © 2015 Early Child Development Mapping Project

3 A high percentage are struggling by kindergarten Out of a cohort of 70,206 children who were included in the Early Development Instrument (EDI) data gathered between 2009 and 2013.

4  Less than half (46 per cent) are developing appropriately in all five areas of development.  Nearly 29 per cent experience great difficulty in one or more areas and nearly 15 per cent experience great difficulty in two or more.  This does not include children with diagnosed severe disabilities. Alberta baseline results

5 Great difficulty in ONE or more areas of development Great difficulty in TWO or more areas of development Alberta Canada Alberta falling behind the Canadian norm Alberta EDI results ( ), ECMap

6 Community EDI EGD1+

7 Out of a total of 100 communities:  66 have a greater percentage of children EGD1+ than the Canadian norm, and  62 have a greater percentage of children EGD2+ compared to the Canadian norm. Children are struggling in every community

8  Socio-economic status of communities has been related to EDI results.  Children generally scored higher on the EDI in communities with positive SEI and lower in communities with lower SEI. The socio-economic connection

9 Largest # experiencing difficulties found in middle SEI communities Total number EGD1+ 20,116

10 SEI: It’s not just about income

11  23,100+ community resources identified by coalitions and mapped  higher socio-economic index (SEI) linked to greater frequency of resources  more study needed to understand connection between resources and EDI Resources tied to SEI

12 Coalitions provide unique input  100 mobilized throughout Alberta  established community boundaries in a province where there are no common boundaries  provided an equal voice at the table for all sectors in the community  contributed to research and put the data to work

13 Who sits on coalitions Adapted from ECMap’s Final Report.

14 Summary  Thousands of young children in Alberta are not reaching their potential.  This represents a big loss in a province that has the fastest growing population of preschool children in Canada.  All communities have young children who are struggling.  Communities care passionately about their children.

15 Check out the LiveAtlas https://www.ecmap.ca/Findings -Maps/Pages/LiveAtlas.aspx

16 For more information …

17 Final recommendations  Continue to gather EDI data as part of a comprehensive early childhood development (ECD) monitoring system for Alberta  Support the continuation of community coalitions in using research data for community and provincial action planning for ECD in AB  Ensure healthy, nurturing environments are available for all children regardless of socio- economic status, disabilities, family circumstances, cultural backgrounds or geographic location in the province Ensure healthy, nurturing environments are available for all children regardless of socio- economic status, disabilities, family circumstances, cultural backgrounds or geographic location in the province

18 Recommendations cont’d  Develop a strategy to increase general knowledge and understanding of ECD in communities across Alberta  Establish a provincial secretariat of Human Early Learning and Development with a cross-departmental mandate on ECD  Re-examine the current qualifications for professionals in early education and improve knowledge about ECD in related fields

19 To access ECMap’s research data, reports and materials go to © 2015 Early Child Development Mapping Project (ECMap)


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