A Planning Guide for Linking Data to Support Program Improvement in Early Care and Education

Data linking is a challenge for many ECE programs. Although ECE program leaders may know the benefits of linking their data to data from other organizations, barriers such as a lack of data expertise or insufficient technology make it difficult to link data. This guide is intended to help programs take the initial steps towards meeting these challenges by providing information, strategies, and an opportunity to reflect on the use of particular practices that support data linking.