Parents and caregivers with a child between the ages of 16 and 20 months who live in the Lower Columbia region have an opportunity to be a part of a provincial UBC pilot project on Tuesday, April 18th in Trail. The Family Action Network is partnered with UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership to help to unroll the Toddler Development Index. The Toddler Development Instrument (TDI) asks questions related to contextual factors that influence early child development, such as daily routines, family-child interactions, and available parental/caregiver and community supports.

The purpose of the TDI is to better understand the early life experiences of toddlers and their families and to elicit further systems of support for families and communities. The Lower Columbia region is one of 8 pilot sites the TDI is currently active in across the province.

Participation
FAN invites all parents/primary caregivers of children age 16-20 months to participate in this pilot implementation by completing a copy of the TDI. Parents can provide feedback on their thoughts about the TDI and their experience filling it out. Feedback is greatly appreciated and will help shape the content and administration of the TDI questionnaire in our community and across the province.

Parents with children in the target age-range (16-20 months) can come to the CBAL office on Tuesday, April 18 between the hours of 10am and 2:00pm. Parents are welcome to bring their children. If parents are also interested in participating in an Ages and Stages questionnaire for their child at this TDI drop in time, we are happy to accommodate you – just call ahead to book an appointment time at 1-855-368-3707. To thank parents for their time and participation, a $10 gift card is available upon completion of the TDI questionnaire and feedback form.

If parents have any questions about the TDI, please contact Christy Anderson at FAN 1-855-368-3707 or Madeline Chan, UBC’s TDI Implementation Manager at: tdi@help.ubc.ca