Oakland’s early childhood community has a wide variety of research and data on our Early Childhood (EC) Ecosystem. However, these resources are often spread across many websites, email newsletters, and more, which means data may not be easily accessible. To address this issue, OSSS has launched a new Oakland ECEcosystem Data Portal. The Data Portal is a tool for families, educators/providers, policymakers, advocates, and funders who seek to leverage data to understand our early childhood landscape and strengthen systems for young children and their families.
OSSS and our partners collected our third round of Early Development Instrument (EDI) data in February. The EDI is a neighborhood-level snapshot of how systems are supporting Kindergarten children’s health, development, and school readiness. The results can inform neighborhood-based planning to hold systems accountable for the well-being of young children.
The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a powerful tool to understand early childhood development in our community, and our goal is to ensure that this data is accessible to all of our community partners for data-driven advocacy efforts. Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Oakland Starting Smart and Strong (OSSS) have shared the 2020 EDI results with many community partners over the past few months.