Improve Kindergarten Readiness

Percent of students developmentally "Very Ready"


Improve Kindergarten Readiness

Did Not Meet Goal

Students Developmentally "Very Ready" for Kindergarten

bookmark Goal

Increase the percentage of students developmentally "very ready" for Kindergarten to 30% (30% by 2020)


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Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems; Early Development Instrument (EDI)


The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a population measure of how young children are developing through the use of five domains: 1) physical health and wellbeing, 2) social competence, 3) emotional maturity, 4) language and cognitive skills, and 5) communication skills and general knowledge. EDI is part of a national initiative called Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems (TECCS), developed to help match proven school readiness solutions with unique needs faced by communities. The local EDI data is created by and for the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. The trend analysis for the set of census tracts now includes 306 tracts. Earlier years included fewer tracts. As such, the United Way no longer tracks years prior to 2015 for trend analysis. EDI data was not collected in the 2018/2019 school year. Further, for the 2019/2020 school year, students were assessed in the fall instead of in the spring, in order to provide a more true assessment of kindergarten readiness near the beginning of the school year. This change is likely responsible for much of the lower readiness percentage compared to previous years. It also means that 2020 data is not directly comparable to the years 2018 and earlier. Going forward the United Way plans to continue to assess students in the fall of a school year. The decision on whether to conduct a spring 2021 one-off collection on the EDI is still pending with districts due to the COVID-19 crisis. If not, the United Way is planning to conduct the next assessment in the fall of 2021.