Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)
Additionally, First 5 partners with UCLA’s Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities, as well as with community partners and school districts, to employ the Early Development Instrument (EDI) to measure kindergarten readiness. The EDI is a population measure of how children are developing in communities across the county, and takes a holistic approach that includes measuring language and cognitive skills, communication skills and general knowledge, social competence, physical health and wellbeing, and emotional maturity. Specifically, the EDI was designed to provide a community-level snapshot of childhood wellbeing. Finally, research established over the last decade in Canada and Australia has found the EDI to be a reliable measure of child development, and an accurate indicator of later school success for children. Thus, the EDI is a crucial tool not only in measuring how children are developing, but also in predicting health, education, and social outcomes that will persist beyond kindergarten.
[i]First 5 LA. A Child Better Prepared for Kindergarten is a Child Better Prepared for Life(2018)
[iii]First 5 LA. Understanding the Early Development Instrument(2018)
[iv]Ibid.First 5 LA. A Child Better Prepared for Kindergarten is a Child Better Prepared for Life(2018)