BUILD Initiative. BUILD is an eight-state initiative supported by the Early Childhood Funders' Collaborative that assists participating states in building a coordinated system of programs, policies and services.
BUILD is a comprehensive early learning system that is responsive to the needs of families, careful in the use of private and public resources, and effective in preparing our youngest children for a successful future, including school readiness. BUILD hosts a learning community about early childhood data systems. Less
Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR). CIFR provides technical assistance to state educational agencies (SEAs) to help them meet their federal obligation to collect and report special education fiscal data.
Center for the Integration of IDEA Data (CIID). CIID provides technical assistance to states to increase the capacity to report high quality data required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Sections 616 and 618.
Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). CPIR serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training and Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE). CSCCE is focused on achieving comprehensive public investments which enable and reward the early childhood workforce to deliver high quality care and education for all children by conducting cutting-edge research and proposing policy solutions.
CSCCE’s work includes a focus on the availability of high-quality data about the early care and education workforce to inform efforts to address such chronic problems as low wages, high turnover, and inadequate access to training and education. Less
Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO). CEELO's mission is to strengthen the capacity of State Education Agencies (SEAs) to lead sustained improvements in early learning opportunities and outcomes.
One of 22 Comprehensive Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, CEELO will work in partnership with SEAs, state and local early childhood leaders, and other federal and national technical assistance providers to increase the number of children from birth through third grade that are prepared to succeed in school. CEELO will provide technical assistance to: (1) improve states’ knowledge about and use of early childhood comprehensive assessment systems; (2) enhance the use of assessment data and other information to improve program quality; (3) Increase the knowledge and skills of the early learning workforce; (4) Strengthen the alignment of birth through 3rd grade educational policies and systems; and (5) Increase the coordination of resources and policies across statewide systems, all of which are facilitated by the development of coordinated early childhood longitudinal data systems. Less
Child Trends. Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center supported by foundations, government (local, state, and federal) and private sector funders dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth in the U.S.
The center conducts high-quality research studies with children at all stages of development and shares it with the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children and youth. Child Trends has issued several products over the years highlighting the value of data systems. Their products have exemplified how data systems can be used and provided guidance on challenges and strategies to building multi-agency data systems, in particular for program performance management and improvement. Less
Child Welfare Information Gateway. The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice.
A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the Gateway is to promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families. In particular, it links people to resources that address the use of information systems, data and data sharing in child welfare. Less
Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). CEDS is a national collaborative effort to develop voluntary, common data standards for a key set of education data elements to streamline the exchange and comparison of data across institutions and sectors, including early learning data standards.
CEDS offers free online tools to support states, regional, and local agencies in data alignment, exchange, and identification of elements need to respond to policy, research, or programmatic questions. Less
CEC's website has many resources including publications and products related to various special education topics including assessment and use of data in the classroom. Less
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Early Childhood Initiatives. CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.
CCSSO's Early Childhood Initiatives program works with chief state school officers, state education agencies and other partners to foster the healthy development, learning progress and school success of young children, birth to age 5, with a special focus on eliminating disparities in learning opportunities and outcomes for young at-risk children by supporting states in integrating early childhood, elementary, second and postsecondary education standards, assessment, data, and professional development efforts to form a more cohesive and powerful 21st century education system. Less
Data Quality Campaign (DQC). The DQC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, leads a partnership of nearly 100 organizations that supports state policymakers and other key leaders to promote the development and effective use of statewide longitudinal data systems that link early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and workforce data.
Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health (DRC). The DRC is a project of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
A partnership between MCHB and the National Center for Health Statistics, the DRC was created to provide hands-on access to national, state, and regional data findings from large population-based surveys (currently National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs and National Survey of Children’s Health) to advance the effective use of public data on the status of children’s health and health-related services for children, youth and families in the United States. The DRC web page provides information, examples, and other resources related to putting data into action. Less
Division for Early Childhood (DEC). DEC promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC focuses on many issues including the collection and use of data and early childhood systems.
Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC). The ECDC is funded through the Birth to Five Policy Alliance, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation to support state policymakers in developing and using coordinated state early care and education (ECE) data systems to improve the quality of ECE programs and the workforce, increase access to high-quality ECE programs, and ultimately improve child outcomes.
Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems (ECIDS). Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) offers an Early Childhood Integrated Data System Toolkit designed for use by any state regardless of where it is in the process of developing an ECIDS. Our own DaSy Data System Framework was designed to be compatible with the ECIDS Toolkit.
Early Childhood Outcomes Center (ECO). The ECO Center was a collaborative effort of SRI International, the University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, RTI International, and the University of Connecticut. ECO assisted states with the implementation of high-quality outcomes measurement systems for early intervention and preschool special education programs, and provided technical assistance to states on collecting valid and reliable data and using data for program and practice improvement.
Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC). ECPC, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is a national resource for professionals serving infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities and their families to strengthen their skills in order to improve developmental and learning outcomes for very young children with disabilities.
The center will focus on developing comprehensive components of personnel development for those serving children under age 5, a component of which are data systems to track personnel standards, preservice preparation programs and inservice learning opportunities. Less
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA). The ECTA Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), builds upon the foundation of several recent OSEP-funded technical assistance centers to improve service systems and assist states in scaling up and sustaining effective services and research-based interventions for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families.
The ECTA Center’s work in designing a framework for effective service systems in states will include data systems that support decision making and document outcomes for children and families. Less
Educational Data Technical Assistance Program (EDTAP). EDTAP, an initiative of the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) Grant Program, includes experts on State data systems whose primary objective is supporting all States in their development and use of SLDSs, including early childhood comprehensive data systems.
Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELC TA). ELC TA provides and facilitates responsive, timely, and high-quality technical assistance that supports state grantees in successful implementation of their projects for the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC, a grant program jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is focused on improving early learning and development programs for young children).
The ELC TA program is an action-oriented partnership among the RTT-ELC program office and other program offices, ELC TA staff including the State Support Team experts, and more than forty early learning technical assistance organizations. ELC TA works with states that have identified a need in the area of early childhood data systems to strategically plan TA support, convene Communities of Practice devoted to data systems, create opportunities for grantees to communicate with and learn from each other through peer exchange networks, and provide/develop other TA resources to support grantees. Less
Infant Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA). ITCA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation to promote mutual assistance, cooperation, and exchange of information and ideas in the administration of Part C of the IDEA and to provide support to state and territory Part C coordinators.
IDEA Data Center (IDC) provides technical assistance to build capacity within states for collecting, reporting, and analyzing high-quality IDEA data.
An association of Part C coordinators, ITCA works in partnership with a wide variety of agencies, organizations, and universities to provide the latest news in Part C administration and support effective state IDEA Part C Early Intervention Systems for infants and toddlers with disabilities. ITCA routinely surveys its members and provides online access to the surveys and results on subjects like: state challenges, finance, personnel development, family involvement, state interagency coordinating councils, and data collection and reporting. Less
KIDS Count. Kids Count®, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the well-being of children in the United States. By providing high-quality data and trend analysis, Kids Count seeks to enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children — and to raise the visibility of children's issues through a nonpartisan, evidence-based lens.
Its State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) project works to assure that state Title V (i.e., Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, Title V of the Social Security Act) agencies have access to policy and program relevant data by providing resources to establish or improve data linkages between birth certificates; death certificates; Medicaid claims; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and newborn screening. Less
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is a nonprofit membership organization working to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources.
NAEYC expresses its mission through improving professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education (ECE), supporting ECE programs to achieve high-quality ECE systems, and building organizations and groups committed to promoting excellence in ECE for all young children. NAEYC has compiled a set of resources that highlight initiatives supporting the development and uses of statewide, comprehensive early childhood data systems. Less
National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS-SDE). NAECS-SDE is a national organization for state education agency staff members with major responsibilities in the field of early childhood education.
The Association promotes high-quality services to young children and their families through improvement of instruction, curriculum, and administration of programs. NAECS-SDE goals include enhancing the efforts of state departments of education on behalf of young children; strengthening communication and coordination among states; and influencing and supporting policies and legislation that affect the education, health, and welfare of children and their families. NAECS-SDE has sponsored webinars and meetings for its members on early childhood data and data systems. Less
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE). NASDSE and its members, the state directors of special education, provide leadership focused on the improvement of educational services and positive outcomes for children and youth with disabilities throughout the United States and outlying areas.
NASDSE’s goals include bringing about aligned, continuously improving educational services; promoting educational equity for all children; strengthening ongoing professional development; and building effective family-school partnerships. NASDSE and its members are engaged in various state and federal initiatives that impact both special and general education, including the development of state data systems. Less
The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI)
The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI)helps states transform their systems to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, and youth with disabilities. NCSI provides states with technical assistance to support their school districts and local early intervention service programs in improving educational results and functional outcomes for children and youth with disabilities.
National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). NIEER, a non-profit institute at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education, conducts and communicates research to support high-quality, effective early childhood education for all young children.
The Institute offers independent, research-based advice and technical assistance to policymakers, journalists, researchers, and educators. NIEER conducts research and provides links to external resources on topic areas important for early childhood data systems, or areas that can be informed by coordinated and longitudinal data systems, such as access, economics and finance, governance and accountability, program quality, child outcomes, and state preschool programs. Less
Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). The U.S. Department of Education established and funded PTAC as a “one-stop” resource for education stakeholders – including State education agencies, local education agencies, and institutions of higher education – to learn about data privacy, confidentiality, and security practices related to student-level longitudinal data systems. PTAC is one component of the Department's comprehensive privacy initiative.
The Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) Technical Assistance Program. The SLDS Technical Assistance Program offers a wide and growing range of support to help state education agencies in the design, development, and use of longitudinal data systems.