Turning EDI Data into Action

Village of Oak Park community members participate in the neighborhood mapping process to determine boundaries and the naming of pocket areas.


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Turning Data into Action

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) Project has partnered with five communities throughout Illinois in their movement to support children and families centered around EDI data. See how communities have sparked change below.

$1 million increase in Early Childhood Block Grant funding for Greater East St. Louis. EDI data was included in the Illinois early childhood block grant application, which resulted in nearly $6 million allocated to East St. Louis School District 189 for preschool expansion for the 2018-2019 school year—a $1 million increase from the previous year. The grant supports increasing the number of slots for preschool programs, ensuring high-quality care and programs, professional development for teachers, family education programs and strengthening support systems. 

Kankakee County awarded six-year grant of $2.1 million for Children’s Mental Health Initiative 2.0. The grant, awarded in December 2019, enables mental and physical health providers, schools, parents, youth and other community organizations to develop a coordinated system of care for children and families. EDI data showing high rates of vulnerability for children’s social-emotional development was included in the grant proposal and strengthened the case that environmental trauma and stress, anxiety, or depression can affect a child’s ability to meet their full potential.

Oak Park Public Library supports families with social-emotional initiatives. In the spring of 2019, the Oak Park Public Library announced the continuation of its Social-Emotional Learning Series in addition to launching a Community Empathy series aimed at focusing on community care alongside self and family care. Library officials cited the EDI data collected during the 2017-2018 school year, which showed kindergarteners in the area had challenges in social emotional development, as one of the reasons to include this learning in their programs. 

Dedicating staff to ensure short and long-term outcomes are derived from EDI data. The Ready to Learn initiative — a joint effort of Rockford Public Schools, Alignment Rockford and Transform Rockford — used EDI data in a grant proposal to the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. In January 2020, the initiative announced it will receive $210,000 over the next three years to hire a project director. The project director will focus on turning the EDI data into actionable items that result in short-term and generational improvements for children in education readiness, quality of life, and prosperity.