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Mothercraft's Toronto Region DACs

The work of Mothercraft's Toronto Region DACs will be coming to an end as of December 31, 2016. This change will have implications for Mothercraft's community partners. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions since the announcement was made:

When will DAC services end at Mothercraft

December 31st, 2016.

Will DAC services be delivered elsewhere??

Yes, by the City of Toronto as of January 1st, 2017.

Will EYSIS services be affected?

Effective January 1, EYSIS user support, training, custom queries and answers to questions concerning the services data elements will no longer be offered by Mothercraft.

Is EYSIS support totally shutting down as of the end of 2016 or do you know if someone is taking it over?

Mothercraft will not continue to support EYSIS in 2017 and no arrangements have been made for another party to provide these services.

Is EYSIS being phased out?

Users may decide to continue to use EYSIS without support and at their own discretion.

Will support to the Early Literacy Specialists (ELS) be affected?

Effective January 1, 2017, support, training, and database maintenance for ELS data elements tracking and reporting will no longer be offered by Mothercraft.

Will Early Development Instrument (EDI) support be affected?

Effective January 1, EDI analysis, knowledge mobilization, and queries will no longer be offered by Mothercraft.

Are the most recent 2014-15 Early Development Instrument (EDI) results available?

Overall Toronto results are available upon request. However, there are no smaller geographical results available through Mothercraft.

Who can we go to for EDI information in the future?

The City of Toronto and your local schools and/or their school Boards are options.

Will Early Years mapping support be affected?

Effective January 1, support, training, and data maintenance for geostatistical information mapping (i.e., Wellbeing Toronto) will no longer be offered by Mothercraft.

Who can we go to for Early Years mapping support in the future?

The City of Toronto, as they host the Wellbeing Toronto mapping website.

Will OEYC support be affected?

Effective January 1, OEYC program evaluation, support and related research resources will no longer be offered by Mothercraft.

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A Review of Toronto Region DAC Work (2003 to 2016)
  • Completed three and a half cycles of the EDI (Early Development Instrument)
  • Trained thousands of SK teachers in administering the EDI questionnaire
  • Provided several hundred community-based workshops for results dissemination
  • Supported EDI knowledge mobilization
  • Developed EYSIS
  • Supported 100% of OEYCs in Toronto and 70% of OEYCs in Ontario in its use
  • Provided several hundred training sessions
  • Created hundreds of custom queries to report on services
TMP Tool and Wellbeing Toronto
  • Developed and pioneered the community geo-mapping Toronto Mapping and Planning (TMP) Tool which was a precursor to Wellbeing Toronto
  • Migrated significant points of data from the TMP Tool to Wellbeing Toronto and then retired the TMP Tool
  • Provided hundreds of training sessions on the use of the TMP Tool and Wellbeing Toronto
Publications and Report Contributions

Thank you Andy, Jean and all the past Mothercraft Toronto Region DACs for your dedication and excellent work!!

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Research Brief

A recent Singaporean study investigated how adults' descriptions of an accidental situation influenced children's appraisal of the situation as well as subsequent functioning. Eighty-one 5-year-olds (36 girls) were exposed to an ambiguous accident. As part of a game, children were given a magnet ball and told to squeeze it. Unbeknownst to the children, the ball was designed to break easily into small pieces. Following the ambiguous accident, the experimenter provided positive, negative or no description of the accident. Children's appraisal of the experience, feelings of pleasantness, motivation to play a new game, confidence in playing a new game well and performance on the new game were measured. The results revealed that the experimenter's descriptions of the accident influenced all of the above measures with positive descriptions having the best outcomes. This adds to the literature on how adults can influence children's behavioral and emotional regulation. The researchers emphasize that it is important for caregivers to offer encouraging comments and to frame accidental situations positively rather than engaging in avoidance or negativity.

Qu, L. & Lim, Z. M. T. (2016). Adults' descriptions of a situation can influence children's appraisal, feelings and subsequent psychological functions. Child Development, 87, 1550-1563.

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EYSIS Support, July - November 2016

EYSIS Support Chart, July to November 2016

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