The Community Action Plan is one of the most important products of a UEY community project. It is an evidence based document, containing recommendations designed to support and bolster early childhood development in PAG, based on local realities discovered during the research phase.The total set of UEY information includes: parents’ and teachers’ perspectives on the development of grade primary children, direct assessment results on grade primary children’s school-readiness, parents’ perspectives on family circumstances and children’s experiences, local information on programs and services and local socio-economic characteristics. Specifically, the three foundational pieces are: PIDACS (Parental Interviews and Direct Assessment of Children Survey), EDI (Early Development Instrument) and the Community Mapping Report. The data were collected in the 2008-09 school year and the demographic data is derived from the 2006 census. The preliminary results of this data collection are referenced throughout the Community Action Plan.
When taken together, these data can be used to start conversations in the community about the implications of the research and the needs of the children in PAG. The purpose of the CAP is to identify gaps and outline solutions that best address the needs of the community; as such, it provides a blueprint for concrete measures the community can take to ensure our children are prepared for success in school and in life.