Enhancing Population-level Information about Early Childhood Development within an Indigenous Context

Co-developing assessment tools with indigenous authorities can improve learning


This project will engage the five tribes of the Yellowhead Tribal Council in analysis of the Early Development Instrument as it is being used by the Government of Alberta to map early childhood development across the province. The analysis is expected to lead to the development and piloting of supplements to the EDI that will help communities, governments, and policy makers identify the types of services, resources, and supports that Indigenous children and their families need to provide the best possible start in life.

Grant Outputs

Teaming up for healthy kids in First Nations Communities. – http://news.ualberta.ca/newsarticles/2013/june/teaming-up-for-healthy-kids-in-first-nation-communities

Posted on University of Alberta News.

First Nation Child Development Project-Knowledge Translation. WCHRI-CUP Science Shop students. – http://www.cup.ualberta.ca/wchri-cup-student-science-shop-2013

Posted on CUP website

Yellowhead Tribal College students play an important role in First Nation child development research – http://www.cup.ualberta.ca/yellowhead-tribal-college-students-play-important-role-in-first-nation-child-development-research

Posted on CUP website

Connecting Research and Community – http://www.cup.ualberta.ca/projects-initiatives/ecme/current-projects/first-nation-child-development

CUP, four First Nation communities of the Yellowhead Tribal Council, and the Yellowhead Tribal College are working collaboratively to assess healthy child development from a community perspective. Together they have identified community strengths that support healthy development. Data collection was competed in 2013 and all findings were shared with research committees across the 4 participating communities. Community research committees have developed action plans for communicating the findings to parents with young children, service providers (e.g., education staff, health staff, interagency groups), and funders. Moving forward, the 3-years of data will be aggregated and shared back with communities in Fall 2014 for community action planning.

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