The Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC) promotes policies and practices that support policymakers’ development and use of coordinated state early care and education (ECE) data systems. These coordinated systems can improve the quality of ECE programs and the workforce, increase access to high-quality ECE programs, and ultimately improve child outcomes.
The 2018 Early Childhood Data Systems Survey provides a state-by-state analysis of existing ECE data systems and efforts to coordinate these data, which are currently largely siloed by program and by state agency. This analysis reveals that most policymakers cannot answer policy questions related to ECE public investments because data about interventions for young children are siloed in different state and local databases. An interactive map and state profiles containing child, program, and workforce data accompany the report.