Setting Our Kids Up for Success
In partnership with The Erikson Institute, United Way's Success By 6 early childhood community collaborative released a 2020 data set provided through the Early Development Instrument (EDI). With this data set, we can see where our children are thriving and how we need to invest in their lives.
What is EDI? Learn more by watching the video below:
For example, 19% of the children in Evergreen Acres of Kankakee County are vulnerable in developing language and cognitive functions.
The Early Development Instrument data helps pinpoint which areas are home to the most vulnerable children. Using the contextualized data from the residents, we can intentionally guide the decision-making process to create strategies, distribute resources equitably, and identify the best way to create long-lasting changes.
"We are always impressed with the passion, commitment, and dedication to families and the youngest members of these [Kankakee and Iroquois Counties] communities. Time and again, we have seen the community connect around issues that undermine optimal child development,” says Jaclyn Vasquez, Associate Director of the Early Development Instrument. “It has been an honor and a privilege collaborating as a partner with the Success by Six of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties.”
Success By 6 meets every other month via ZOOM to plan and further their vision of a community where all children and families are happy, healthy, and well-adjusted.
Explore the interactive Kankakee County map with the Early Development Instrument Wave 1 neighborhood-level data by clicking here.