Are our children ready to learn?

Currently 45 percent of Texas children are 18 months developmentally behind when they enter kindergarten. Many of these children will struggle throughout their education and eventually drop out.

Through the Texas Early Learning Council, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County is one of four Texas United Ways awarded funding for the Early Development Instrument (EDI) grant to help identify and respond to early childhood needs. United Way is working with the Texas Early Learning Council, UCLA and United Way Worldwide to implement the cutting-edge, population-based EDI school readiness assessment tool in all kindergarten classrooms of a growing number of San Antonio school districts: Edgewood, Harlandale, and San Antonio Independent School District in Year 1, and joined by Northside Independent School District in Year 2.

EDI is a validated, comprehensive, community-level measure of early development and school readiness for young children. This new tool allows United Way to reach out to these children as a group, get them kinder-ready and set them on a course to be successful graduates someday. The school districts, the United Way, and other local partners will utilize the EDI data to inform the creation of long-term, sustainable, and responsive systems to better meet the needs of young children.

Data, Stories, and Reports

Please visit to access the San Antonio EDI Profile 2013, as well as further analysis and visualization (maps, charts, and scatterplot diagrams) of the local data.

For more local information on kinder-readiness, pre-kindergarten (Pre-K), and other early learning programs, please choose Education in the Topic menu at right and then choose Early Childhood as the subtopic (may require clicking "Show More Options"), or just click here for a shortcut.

For an audio/video introduction to the EDI initiative and local data, here is video from October 2012 report release event (12:46 long):

Other Resources

NEW! EDI Training Video [open in new window]

Early Ed Watch Podcast: A Tool for Mapping School Readiness, Neighborhood by Neighborhood (Jul 2011)

TECCS/HRSA MCHB Conference Webcast: Using the Early Development Instrument (EDI) to Build Early Childhood Systems (pdf, Feb 2011)