A community-wide look at early childhood

Erikson is piloting the Early Development Instrument (EDI) in select Illinois communities. The EDI project is a neighborhood-level population measure that gauges the development of young children within the context of their community.

This project, the first of its kind in Illinois, extends our commitment to improving the lives of young children by illuminating opportunities for community-driven policy recommendations.

Data derived from the EDI can be used to look back on how programs, services, and systems can be better coordinated based on strengths and needs. The data also can be used to plan for future interventions as the kindergartners progress through elementary school.