The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a population measure of how young children are developing in communities. A child is considered “Vulnerable” when their domain score is at or below or equal the 10th percentile of the national EDI dataset. The EDI measures five domains of early childhood development including emotional maturity. Emotional maturing includes the ability to think before acting, a balance between too fearful and too impulsive, an ability to deal with feelings at the age-appropriate level, and empathetic response to other people’s feelings (for more details see https://edi.offordcentre.com/researchers/domains-and-subdomains/).
The number of Bexar County ISDs adopting the assessment has increased each year. In some cases, dramatically changing the demographic mix of children assessed. Those changes make trending outcomes from the EDI problematic. In order to accurately trend this indicator and preserve the time series, a baseline geography was set as the 245 tracts assessed in 2013. In addition, the 70% representation criteria prescribed by EDI was applied to the geography as a whole rather than being applied to each individual tract.
All quantitative data and narrative related to the data on this page was prepared by CI NOW for ReadyKidSA.