ECEu ARCHIVE - Supporting successful child development and continuous learning from birth through age eight
CONNECTING THE DOTS I: MAKING LONGITUDINAL DATA WORK FOR YOUNG CHILDREN


READINGS AND RESOURCES

National and Federal

State Examples of Data Development and Use

Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning Program Reach and County Risk Assessment


CONNECTING THE DOTS II: EARLY CHILDHOOD DATA COLLECTIONS BY FEDERAL PROGRAMS

SPONSORED BY — The National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS-SDE) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

DATA seems to be the watchword of all education initiatives in Washington, DC, including those proposed for the Nation's youngest learners. But the press for information to guide Federal program decisions and assure improvements in the services for young children is not entirely new. Congress has long sought annual information from the programs serving young children.

  • Head Start - Fran Majestic, Division of Policy and Budget, Office of Head Start Data Systems, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
  • Child Care - Andrew WIlliams, Child Care Bureau, Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
  • Special Education - Kelly Worthington, Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

CONNECTING THE DOTS III: IECAM ANSWERS THE QUESTION: WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN?

The Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM) provides a comprehensive picture of early care and education services in Illinois by combining up-to-date demographic information with early childhood program information from state agencies, Head Start, and private sector child care.

This web-conference introduced the purposes of the IECAM project in the context of Illinois’s Preschool for All Children program, which began in FY2007. IECAM supports transparent decision-making for state funding by providing a comprehensive collection of data on early care and education (ECE) services and on child demographics. 

Presenters provide an explanation of new data in the IECAM database and a demonstration of recent new features on the IECAM Web site, including IECAM’s features for searching for ECE and demographic data in tables and maps, searching for ECE data across multiple years, creating standard reports, combining demographic theme maps with ECE site locations, and using the Identify tool to query locations on the map of Illinois.



CONNECTING THE DOTS IV: EXPLORING THE RICH DATA FOUND AT RESEARCH CONNECTIONS

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections  provided a guided tour of the newly updated Research Connections Website.   The goal of Research Connections is to promote high quality research and inform policy. Through the site users have access to a free, comprehensive and easily searchable collection of more than 17,000 resources from the many disciplines related to child care and early education. Resources include scholarly research, policy briefs, government reports, datasets, and instruments. Take a look at the new website and explore its resources.



CONNECTING THE DOTS V:  FPG SHARES UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE EFFECTS OF EARLY GRADE RETENTION

From “cradle to career“ there are many data points along the way. Among the many variables collected by federal, state and local education agencies is information about grade retention. Dr. Richard Clifford and his colleagues at the Frank Porter Graham Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill have recently updated interesting research about early grade retention in North Carolina, taking a look at who is being retained, the costs of retention, and possible alternatives. Slides include John Pruette, Executive Director of the Office of Early Learning, NCDPI, Dick Clifford and Carolyn Cobb sharing this perspective from NC and how other states might use similar data.


SEE THE SLIDES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AT THE 
FPG FIRST SCHOOL WEBSITE (slides and directions for their use can be found in the lower right corner of the site.)