The idea behind “I am my child’s first teacher” is to better prepare the children in our community for Pre-K and kindergarten. Through this program, Educate Midland strives to raise awareness for childhood education, begin the conversation of elementary school readiness, and provide resources for parents and family members to further educate their children. Our goal is to educate not only parents, but grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and society as a whole that we are responsible for being educators and teachers to our children.
What is the EDI?
The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is an internationally recognized tool that provides a holistic, citywide snapshot of young children’s health, development, and school readiness in five key areas:
- Language & Cognitive Development
- General Knowledge & Communication Skills
- Physical Health & Well-being
- Social Competence
- Emotional Maturity
These five areas determine how prepared children are to enter kindergarten and whether or not they were taught necessary developmental and communication skills prior. In the spring of the 2016-2017 school year, the EDI showed nearly half of kindergarten students in Midland ISD were not ready for school. In fact, in the typical Midland kindergarten classroom, 53% of students were prepared, and 47% were not.
What can I do?
You, as a parent or guardian, are more than capable of being your child’s first teacher. Merely loving and nurturing your child is a step in the right direction for early childhood development. Additionally, Educate Midland wants to give you as many tools and resources as possible to help you take the next step. Here are some fundamental tips to get your child on the right track:
- Read to your child
- Reduce screen time
- Count with them
- Go outside
While these may seem like basic concepts, they are each extremely important in the early growth and development of your child.
Prepare you and your child for the road ahead
The best thing you can do for your child is to be invested in their education. Let’s come together as parents, as a community, and as a society to improve the education of the children we love so dearly. We encourage all parents and family members to visit our website and take a look at the provided resources to better educate yourself on tips, tools, activities, and guides to make sure your child can conquer kindergarten.