Early childhood data to inform policy and practice

Early childhood data can be used to understand the developmental needs of young children; inform instruction, programs, and policies; and identify areas where children and families may need additional supports. The Child Trends team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience assessing state early childhood data systems through the Early Childhood Data Collaborative, developing resources to support strong research practices in early childhood through the Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis project, identifying tools to support the use of child care and early childhood administrative data to address policy-relevant research questions, developing tools for early care and education programs to support the use and linkages of administrative data, and providing technical assistance to states related to developing early childhood integrated data systems.

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