Early Development Instrument

What is the Early Development Instrument?

The Early Development Instrument, sometimes labeled EDI for short, is a population measure of how young children are developing in different communities in the United States. It measures these children on five key areas, or domains, of early childhood development:

  • Physical Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Competence
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Language and Cognitive Skills
  • Communication Skills and General Knowledge

The Early Development Instrument is helpful not only in describing how children are developing, but also in predicting health, education, and social outcomes.

How are Early Development Instruments Reported?

Early Development Instrument results are reported at a population level as the percentage of children vulnerable in each of the five domain categories listed above.

Children who score at or above the 75th percentile of the national Early Development Instrument population are considered “very ready’. Those who score at or below the 10th percentile in any domain are considered “developmentally vulnerable”. Those scoring between the 11th and 25th percentile in any domain are considered “not on track”.

Early Development Instrument in Wichita County

Our Home Visitors work countless hours serving the families in Wichita County. From Sept 18 – May 19, 285 different families were served through the Texas Home Visiting’s three parenting programs. That further breaks down into watching 329 kids continue to gain the confidence they need to succeed in life and 50 newborn babies enter this world. Altogether, that amounts to almost 4,500 total home visits made. What a great year for the parents and/or grandparents involved as well as the Home Visitors

For more information contact the EDI Coordinator

Early Childhood Coalition