A community-wide look at early childhood

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) Project is a neighborhood-level population measure that gauges the development of young children within the context of their community.

Erikson has completed the pilot phase and this groundbreaking tool is now available for communities. 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 can also be used to identify trends and plan for children moving through the elementary school years.

The EDI Project will not implement data collection during the 2020-2021 school year but will continue providing virtual tailored coaching and training for community partners in preparation for data collection during the 2021-2022 school year.