As of 2019, Whistler corrected its negative trend and returned to a level of 20% – a figure not seen since 2005 and sat 13% better than the provincial average.
Childhood development tends to reflect the social and economic environment in which a child lives and often correlates with overall community health. Research shows that a person’s capacity for learning, coping and overall wellbeing is shaped in the first five years of their life. The frequent use of this indicator allows us to benchmark against other communities.
This indicator reports the proportion of kindergarten children considered vulnerable based on the Early Childhood Development Index (EDI) across the province. The EDI, administered in BC school districts assesses children’s school readiness through measuring the following five scales; physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development, communication and general knowledge. ‘Vulnerable’ refers to a child scoring within the bottom 10% of the population.
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