Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Upcoming Webinar: Strengthening Families and the Early Development Instrument

CSSP’s Strengthening Families team and United Way Worldwide are hosting a webinar on the Early Development Instrument (EDI) – a valuable tool that provides policymakers with information about the development of children in their communities.

Across the country, states, localities and programs are using the Strengthening Families framework to build protective factors that promote optimal child development.  To support this work, the EDI helps communities track child development and school readiness.  As a population-based measure, the EDI reports development data by school and geographic area, providing policymakers and stakeholders with local information on the strengths and vulnerabilities of children.  The EDI data is used to mobilize and engage local leaders around a data‐driven and action‐oriented process to inform local planning and improvement activities focused on the needs of young children in the context of their community. The EDI data helps early childhood coalitions look back to assess how to better support school readiness and to look forward to plan programs and improve systems that will help children succeed in the early elementary grades and beyond.

The webinar – Using the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and Strengthening Families to Promote Optimal Child Development – is scheduled for Thursday, January 12th from 2pm-3pm (EST).  To register for the webinar, please click here

For more information about CSSP’s Strengthening Families initiative, please click here.

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