Published : Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 3:40 PM
A total of 1,254 children in 19 schools of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) were studied during the Early Development Instrument (EDI) assessment that Pasadena and the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities conducted last year to measure children’s development progress at age five. The EDI captures outcomes across five developmental domains including physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, communication skills and general knowledge. These domains correspond to the national indicators used to determine school readiness.
These EDI assessments are critical to Pasadena’s objective of becoming an Early Learning City by 2025.
The information was reported by Pasadena Director of Libraries and Information Services Michelle Perera and published in a recent issue of the City Manager’s newsletter.
Of the number of children assessed, 28 percent are English Language Learners or ELLs, and 57 percent are of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Twenty percent of the children are white, 10 percent are African American, and 10 percent are Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. 61 classrooms took part in the assessment.
EDI results are intended to help mobilize and effect specific actions across Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre, which are all within the PUSD service area. They are also meant to create a historical timeline of critical changes that have occurred from 2013-2017 and conduct cross-sector stakeholder dialogues that will catalyze planning and action, bringing together individuals, organizations and community leaders who work to improve school readiness and create better environments for children.