Our Children, Our Community, Our Change
What is your vision for all of our children in DC? What do you hope and imagine for your community?
Together, we have the opportunity to create a more prosperous city in which all DC children are on track to succeed.
Children’s early experiences have lasting effects on mental and physical health over the course of one’s lifetime. The quality of the multiple environments where children live, learn, and play is critical for their health and well-being.
We have the opportunity to use early childhood data as a catalyst, along with our own experiences in DC, so we can:
● Create strong environments so all young children and families can thrive;
● Work to build more equitable communities across our city; and
● Spark actions in our work, policies, and practices to create change.
We each have a role to play in supporting our children and our community. Consider this site an online hub for DC's Early Development Instrument (EDI) and for using the data for your own organization's and community's needs and interests. Here's what you'll find on each page:
UNDERSTANDING DC'S DATA ON YOUNG CHILDREN
This is an introduction to the pages within the Our Children, Our Community, Our Change hub.
EDI: A COMMUNITY-LEVEL TOOL
More fully understand the Early Development Instrument (EDI), a holistic tool for early childhood development.
Get a look at how the EDI data was collected in Washington, DC.
Data is collected on five developmental areas, or domains. Find more information on each of these.
EXPLORING EDI OUTCOMES
Dig into the EDI data and maps in DC.
ACTING ON EARLY CHILDHOOD DATA
Use the data in your own context. Spark conversations, identify actions, then circle back to let us know how you are working to create change.
ABOUT OUR CHILDREN, OUR COMMUNITY, OUR CHANGE
Our Children, Our Community, Our Change, a community engagement partnership of Raise DC and the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, was developed with the premise that each of us has a stake in creating community conditions in which DC’s young children and families can thrive. In addition to the resources available on this website, Our Children, Our Community, Our Change representatives have spent the past year convening stakeholders throughout the District to use this data in their own planning and practices.