- September 2017
- Vol. 18, No. 6
Webinar Focuses on Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems
In a webinar from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative, two states describe their experiences with collecting early childhood data and the implications for state programs and policies. "Making Use of Integrated Data: State Examples of Using ECIDS Data to Inform Policies and Practices," which occurred in June 2017, features researchers from North Carolina and Minnesota discussing their respective experiences with early childhood integrated data systems.
North Carolina created a single source for integrated early childhood data for health, education, and social service programs and can now provide distinct counts of which children are being served and where, including demographics and the types of services received. In Minnesota, the Children's Defense Fund collaborated with the state Department of Education to analyze child care participation data from the Minnesota Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System (ECLDS) regarding lower income children, children of color, and American Indian children. ECLDS was launched in 2016 to combine early childhood data from Minnesota's departments of education, human services, and health.
To listen to the webinar, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tt-IWSND3Y&feature=youtu.be. To access the webinar slides, refer to http://www.ecedata.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/ECIDS-NC-MN-Webinar_6-6-17_FINAL.pdf (1,080 KB).