Category Archives: Blog Post

Engaging Families in Early Childhood Data Initiatives

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Data-driven decision-making is transforming education and family services, from personalized learning plans for individual children, to school-level program development, to state-wide systemic changes. As our systems move towards data-driven decision-making on all fronts, the education leaders, policy-makers, and researchers can’t leave behind the families who shape the stories we tell with data and the potential […]

Early Childhood Special Education and ESSA

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In the latest Early ED in ESSA blog, our co-directors Donna Spiker and Kathy Hebbeler and our friends Sharon Walsh and Debbie Cate from the ECTA Center explain how states and districts can prioritize the inclusion of children with disabilities in efforts to improve early learning programs. This blog series from the Center on Enhancing […]

What does it take to create a good RFP for a new data system?

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Sorry, your data system will not perform as desired forever. Requirements, technology, expectations all change. Even with the best maintenance, your data system will eventually become antiquated. Replacing it may require a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit interested vendors. And even if the new data system is built in-house, developing data system specifications that […]

Double-Check Federal Privacy Requirements before You Link

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As you plan to link data, be sure you check federal privacy requirements for sharing personally identifiable information (PII). One very helpful resource to consider is Understanding the Confidentiality Requirements Applicable to IDEA Early Childhood Programs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS). This document was issued in October 2016 by the U.S. Department of Education. It provides […]

Linking Early Childhood Data

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This infographic from DaSy’s 2017 Focus on Linking Part C and Part B 619 Data week offers an illustration of some important steps for states to consider when linking data between Early Intervention (EI) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). It can be a useful tool to share when approaching conversations with data partners about […]

Where are the Data?

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This infographic from DaSy’s 2017 Focus on Linking Part C and Part B 619 Data week offers illustrations of four different scenarios for housing Early Intervention (EI) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) data in a state. It can be a useful tool to share when approaching conversations with data partners about linking.

Part C and Part B 619 Data: A commitment worth making

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In February of 2016, the state-driven Linking Part C and Part B 619 Cohort began with the hope of joining or “wedding” data from these two programs to address program and policy questions such as planning for and implementing smooth transitions, evaluating outcomes for children enrolled in these programs, and streamlining and improving the accuracy […]