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1 Early Child Development in Richmond Clyde Hertzman, MD Human Early Learning Partnership University of British Columbia, Vancouver

2 Sensitive Periods in Early Brain Development Vision High Low Years Habitual ways of responding Emotional control Symbol Peer social skills Numbers Hearing Graph developed by Council for Early Child Development (ref: Nash, 1997; Early Years Study, 1999; Shonkoff, 2000.) Pre-school yearsSchool years Language

3 Life Course Problems Related to Early Life 2 nd Decade 3 rd /4 th Decade 5 th /6 th Decade Old Age School Failure Teen Pregnancy Criminality Obesity Elevated Blood Pressure Depression Coronary Heart Disease Diabetes Premature Aging Memory Loss

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12 Monitoring the state of development at the level of the population and how it changes over time

13 Early Development Instrument 104 items

14 Early Development Instrument Teacher at age 5 is respondent

15 Early Development Instrument 5 developmental domains, with 16 subdomains

16 What Does the EDI Measure?

17 Early Development Instrument Extensive Validity and Reliability data from several countries

18 Early Development Instrument Not an ‘individual assessment’

19 Neighbourhood

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22 What the maps reveal… Large local area differences in the proportion of developmentally vulnerable children

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30 The high proportion of avoidable vulnerability What the maps reveal…

31 Change over time

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36 Lessons learned after a decade of engagement

37 Strong inter-sectoral leadership Lessons Learned

38 Focus on EDI outcomes Lessons Learned

39 A focus on families that provide equitable access to high quality programming

40 Barriers of Access to Quality Programs 1. Program or service not there 2. Costs too much 3. Transportation 4. Time 0ffered 5. Language 6. Fragmentation 7. Lack of info 8. Conflicting Expectations 9. Social distance 10. Parental consciousness

41 Vertical coordination Lessons Learned

42 Alignment with school system Lessons Learned

43 Grade Four Students Grade Four Students Self-Report Survey Self-Report Survey Five Critical Components … Five Critical Components … The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI)

44 Social and Emotional Development Physical Health & Well-being Connectedness School Experiences Constructive Use of After School Time

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49 Thank You Our Funders:


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