Understanding the Early Years
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Community Mapping
Learning to read upside downUsing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) computer software, maps are created to display the following information by different geographic areas of the community:

· the Inventory of Community Programs and Services
· Canadian census data
· Early Development Instrument results

The community maps
· are designed to gather information about the physical and social environment and the programs and services available in the community
· can help identify areas of strength and need in the community
· will stimulate discussion and bring people together to generate ideas and solutions
· provide a visual picture of the relationships between community factors (i.e. location of parks, libraries and child care centres), community socio-economic characteristics such as rates of employment and home ownership, and children’s school readiness (i.e., social competence).  






The Understanding the Early Years initiative is funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.  For further information, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca