What is it?
Vulnerable in Communication and General Knowledge is based on the percent of Kindergarten children who scored below the vulnerability cut-off (4.38 out of 10) in areas of development that include the ability to communicate needs and wants, symbolic use of language, and age-appropriate knowledge about the surrounding world.
Why is it important?
Children who are vulnerable in this area of development may have poor communication skills, limited command of English or French, difficulties understanding and being understood, or may struggle to learn through inquiry and play. Experiencing difficulty in communication in the early years can impact future academic achievement and success, as well as behaviour and social relationships later in life.
What does it mean?
Toronto has a higher percent of children vulnerable in Communication and General Knowledge compared to Ontario as a whole. In 2014/15, 11.5% of children in Toronto were vulnerable in this domain compared to 10.2% in Ontario. Figure 1 shows neighbourhoods in Scarborough and North York had the highest rates of vulnerability in Communication and General Knowledge. Figure 2 shows that neighbourhoods with a higher Inequities Score were more likely to have children who are vulnerable in Communication and General Knowledge. Figure 3 shows that in Communication and General Knowledge, boys are more likely to be vulnerable than girls.