Administrative Data on Federal Policies and Programs that Support Young Children with Disabilities: Resource Guide for Researchers

Publication Date:

March 04, 2021

This resource guide provides information for researchers about administrative data collected on federal policies and programs that (in whole or part) support young children with disabilities.

Three datasets are highlighted in this resource guide:

  • Head Start Program Information Report, or PIR, collected by the Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Section 618 data from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), collected by the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education
  • ACF-801 case-level data collected as part of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), collected by the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

We summarize various features of these data, including the timing of data collection, level of data (that is, at the child level, program level, or state level), key variables related to children with disabilities, and data archiving and availability (i.e., which government funding years [FY] the information was collected, and location). We also include limitations of the datasets and contact information for federal agency staff in charge of the data.