Experience in early childhood impact how the brain develops. Toxic stress in the first five years results in higher rates of school failure, behavioral problems, obesity, diabetes, and more. But helping children and families early on prevents many of these negative outcomes!! The Early Development Index (EDI) shows us how children are doing across neighborhoods, schools, and cities so we can intervene when we can make a difference!
It takes a community to make a difference for kids. Your neighborhood can support a healthy family or prevent parents from providing a safe and environment for their children. The Early Development Index (EDI) - part of the Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems (TECCS) program - helps map those toxic environments. Read about how a county in Texas is using those results to build a better future for their children!