1. A snapshot of quality of life in Niagara

    Knowledge is king. And with it, a local organization aims to improve the quality of life for Niagarans. Niagara Connects released its Living in Niagara-2014 report Tuesday at the annual Niagara Community Foundation leaders breakfast at the Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre. Niagara Connects executive director Mary Wiley...
  2. Niagara Mental Health Charter Launched

    Niagara Falls Review May 28th, 2014 There is now a solid foundation in Niagara to address mental health and addictions. Following years of work by local agencies, facilitated by Niagara Connects and Healthy Living Niagara, the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter was launched Wednesday at Welland Community Wellness Complex....
  3. Knowledge to drive action

    Niagara Connects launches online tool tracking 12 sectors of life in Niagara Niagara This Week – St. Catharines December 12, 2013 By  Steve Henschel WELLAND — Niagara Connects is taking its wealth of information online. Last week the Niagara-wide network focused on planning, learning and innovation for Niagara’s future celebrated the...

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Ages and Stages: Evaluating The Effectiveness of a New Screening and Intervention Model for Improving Outcomes Among Children in the Community
“It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men” (Douglas, 1817). This quote is incredibly profound in its meaning. It is well known that children’s early relational experiences with their primary caregiver, particularly from conception to the third year of life, ultimately lay the foundation for development throughout the lifespan. Thus, given the significance of the first few days and years of life, early identification and intervention are pivotal to the successful outcomes of children. Early Development Instrument The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a teacher-completed questionnaire that reflects the developmental status of young children upon school entry.  The EDI data for Niagara shows that over time, the vulnerability of children in their second year of kindergarten has been increasing in the Social Competence and the Emotional Maturity domains in particular.  Between 2011 and 2015, there was a significant increase in the percentage of children vulnerable in the Social Competence domain, and vulnerability was also higher in Niagara than the provincial average for 2015.  In 2015, 14.3% of children were vulnerable in Emotional Maturity in Niagara, which was higher than the provincial average of 12.3%. If these trends continue on the current trajectory, Niagara is at risk for continuing to increase in vulnerability over and above the rest of the province. This recent data is discouraging, particularly because social competence and emotional maturity are critical to a child’s academic, occupational, and relational success, among many other key life outcomes in the later years. In fact, it has been suggested that socio-emotional skills in Kindergarten have been linked to outcomes at 25 years of age (Jones, Greenberg, & Crowley, 2015). As such, failure to thrive in these areas is likely to have dire consequences on children’s functioning in adolescence and adulthood, which further supports the use of early developmental screening and intervention... read more ❯

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